Value and Weight of Pocket Change

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Todd Zebert's picture

Had you ever wanted to know how much your pocket change was worth? But didn't want to count it? Well, as my collection in a large plastic Coke bottle (as a coin bank) approached full, it was 96 lbs!

I had to cut it open - there was no way to tip it; plus, the bottom had already cracked and was held together with packing tape. I took me over an hour to trade it all in. I first went to Ralphs and filled that machine, then had to finish at Vons!

Denom Value Weight (g) Production Qty Prod * Weight Value * Prod
cent 0.01 2.5 712,800,000 1,782,000,000 7,128,000
nickel 0.05 5 169,200,000 846,000,000 8,460,000
dime 0.10 2.268 305,000,000 691,740,000 30,500,000
quarter 0.25 5.67 504,000,000 2,857,680,000 126,000,000
half dollar 0.50 11.34 7,100,000 80,514,000 3,550,000
dollar 1.00 8.1 3,360,000 27,216,000 3,360,000
Sums: 1,701,460,000 6,285,150,000 178,998,000
  Ave Value Ave Weight Ave Prod Weighted Ave Weight Weighted Ave Value
  0.32 5.81 283,576,667 3.694 0.11
Value per Kg (in $) Weight per $1 (in g)
28.48 35.11
Value per Lb (in $) Weight per $1 (in oz)
12.92 1.24

The machines return the count of each Denomination:

  • Dollars: 13
  • Half-dollars: 0
  • Quarters: 3645
  • Dimes: 2168
  • Nickels: 1299
  • Pennies: 4594

 

 

  • Gross Value: $1,250.94
  • Exchange fee: $110.44
  • Net Value: $1,140.50
  • That's $13.03 a pound!