DK Coins are items that appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Donkey Kong Land III, DK: King of Swing, and DK: Jungle Climber as hidden items found in every level.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest/Land 2
These items mark their first appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. When all of these items are collected, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong to become in first place in Cranky's Video Game Heroes after collecting all of the DK Coins in the game. In the GBA port of DKC2, the game contained an extra twenty eight DK Coins in the game. To get them, Diddy and Dixie must do this:
- Complete all of the missions at Funky's Flights II.
- Get first place in all of Expresso's Racing races.
- Filling up the whole Scrapbook.
DK Coins later make their second appearance in Donkey Kong Land 2 with no significant changes.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!/Land III
DK Coins make another appearance in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! with it being hidden in every level like in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The difference is that they can all be obtained by defeating a Koin from behind it with a Steel Keg. There are forty one DK Coins found in this game and forty six in its GBA port with the other DK Coins being located in Pacifica. If a level is completed with the DK Coin collected, a yellow pennant will be shown on top of the flag. If all of the DK Coins, they must then visit Funky to build them a Gyrocopter. Then, the Kongs must access the last three Banana Bird cave that is only accessible via the Gyrocopter. The only DK Coin not being guarded by Koin is in Knautilus when Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong defeated Baron K. Roolenstein.
In Donkey Kong Land III, DK Coins make their fourth appearance in this game. In this game, they are hidden in every level and can be obtained when completing the Matching game in Sheepy Shop. After completing Tin Can Valley, Dixie and Kiddy must collect all of the DK Coins to enter the Lost World. When they enter the Lost World, they must collect the last six DK Coins in order to complete the game.
DK: King of Swing/DK: Jungle Climber
In this game, DK Coins make their fifth appearance and must be recollected in order to continue on with the Jungle Jam Tournament, due to King K. Rool stealing all of the DK Coins. There are also silver and bronze DK Coins introduced in this game.
In DK: Jungle Climber, DK Coins make their sixth and latest appearance and are used to unlock cheats throughout the game.