Coins are the currency in the Sly Cooper series. They can be acquired throughout the games and are primarily used to purchase power-ups. With the exception of the coins that can be found lying on the ground (as in the first game), they despawn after a short amount of time unless collected, spinning faster with the passing seconds before disappearing with a sparkle. If Coin Magnetism or Coopergiwa's Gold Magnet have been obtained, coins will be collected from a large distance away from the character. If not, a coin can only be collected if they are touched with a character's body or hit with their weapon (e.g., Sly's cane).
Coins first appeared in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, where they were used in 100 coin intervals to earn Lucky Charms. If 100 coins were collected and Sly had no charm, a silver charm would be given. With 100 more coins, a gold charm would be given. As long as Sly has a gold charm, every 100 coins will earn him another life. Coins could be collected by finding them laying on the ground, by destroying objects or defeating enemies.