Shortly after moving to Washington from a town in Pennsylvania, I brought a sack of loose change to deposit at the gilded downtown branch of my bank. I presumed the bank would have a coin-counting machine as my bank in Pennsylvania did.

However, the teller's reaction was exemplified in a quote from the article "Penny-Pinching Mints a Coin Crisis" [Federal Page, Aug. 4]. Namely, " . . . most banks do not want to accept large amounts of loose coins."

I left the bank incredulous that an institution with so many bells and whistles did not have a simple coin-counting machine. Here we are, on the lip of the 21st century, and this bank in the heart of the capital is unequipped to count metal money.

So I wrote to the bank president to find out why the teller scowled at coins as if I were seeking to deposit medical waste.

The response I received from a bank representative may give hope to readers eager to deposit their numismatic jumbles. The teller was incorrect. Loose change can be deposited at my bank. Place the coins and a deposit slip (the amount left blank) in a clean, sealed bag, and bring it to a teller. The pouch will be brought to a site where there is a coin counting machine and, in a few days, your account is credited.

This service may not be available at all banks, but it's worth asking.

BRIAN JOHN FISH

Washington