- "Oh, brain like shiny things."
- ―Homer Simpson
- "Yeah great, these shiny things are called "coins". Whenever you get enough of those, you can get a cool surprise."
- ―Bart Simpson
The Coins are round, yellow coins with the Buzz Cola logo stamped upon them. These coins appear throughout The Simpsons: Hit & Run and are used by the player to purchase different items they need.
At the start of a level, the coins are left scattered around for a player to collect. But they can also be obtained by smashing Cola Crates and Vending Machines and attacking items. You can also attack and defeat Wasp Cameras for them, and gamble coins through Wager Races.
Whenever trails of preset-coins are collected in a level in a save file, they will not respawn. This also applies to coins gained from activating level gags which are also one-time per save-file only.
Coins can also be collected through damaging objects, blowing-up cars or shattering Buzz Cola glass with Krusty the Clown portraits on them, though they will raise the Hit & Run meter if objects and/or cars are continuously damaged (save for the Buzz Cola glass).
However, once your own car blows up, or if you get shot by a Wasp Camera shot, or get arrested by the police during a Hit & Run, you can lose coins, so be careful!
Hitting/destroying objects when driving a vehicle however, can also allow coins to automatically be collected by the player no matter the distance via gravitating towards them. But if damaged with a kick or double jump attack, the coins must be manually collected on foot.
The following are items that the player can use coins to purchase:
- The sound effect that plays when coins are collected was later used in the game also developed by Radical Entertainment called Crash of the Titans, along with its sequel Crash: Mind Over Mutant, when the player collects Mojo.