Coin Box

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This article is about the block first appearing in Super Mario 3D Land. For the item from Mario Party, see Coin Box (Mario Party).
Not to be confused with Coin Block.
Coin Box
Shiny Question Block Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
Artwork of a Coin Box from Super Mario 3D World.
A shiny ? Block.

First Appearance

Super Mario 3D Land (2011)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Effect on Player

Worn over the character's head to earn multiple coins.
Mario wearing a Coin Box in Super Mario 3D Land.
Toad wearing a Coin Box in Super Mario 3D World.

Coin Boxes[1], also referred to as ? Boxes[2][3], are items introduced in Super Mario 3D Land. They are only found in World 8-1, World 8-4 and Special 1-3. Coin Boxes have an identical appearance to a ? Block. Like the Propeller Box, they can be worn by Mario over his head. It cannot be taken off unless he hits an enemy. If Mario makes it to the Flagpole with the Coin Box, it disappears and a 1-Up is received. While inside a Coin Box, infinite coins will pop out from it while he is moving.

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, similar objects known as Gold Blocks appear, which are revealed by hitting Coin Blocks enough times, and give Mario coins at a much faster rate than the Coin Boxes. Unlike Coin Boxes, however, a Gold Block will disappear once 100 coins have been collected from it.

Coin Boxes return in Super Mario 3D World, now shinier than a regular ? Block. This time, they work just like Gold Blocks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOE) Caja ? ? box


  1. ^ Super Mario 3D Land internal name "CoinBox"
  2. ^ Super Mario 3D Land Prima eGuide, Suits and Transformations tab.
  3. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide, page 15.