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What does 1 million pennies look like?

What does 1 million pennies look like?

by Roman on June 10, 2008

This is what 1 million pennies looks like.

1 million pennies is a total of 10 000 dollars and weights about 2.3 tons.

An interesting fact about pennies is that because of the falling dollar 1 penny is actually worth more when sold as metal as opposed to its nominal value. The US government passed a special law that says it is illegal to sell pennies as metal.

If it would be legal we wouldn’t soon have any pennies left… (For most people that would be a good thing but for some reason the government thinks they are important)

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Nick June 17, 2008 at 9:57 pm

That looks pretty cool…what are the dimensions of that case and what does the plaque say? I don’t have $10,000 to change in to pennies, but if I did I probably wouldn’t do that with it….interesting how they are worth more as metal than currency huh?

Justin February 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

FYI, it is a Holocaust memorial housed in a JCC, not sure where. I don’t know the dimensions, but there is a picture of a person standing next to it at http://www.kmoser.com/onemillionpennies/

Roman February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Thanks! There seems to be some nice extra pictures over there!

Roman June 18, 2008 at 10:58 am

Hmm yes, the fact that pennies are worth more as metal than they are as pennies just gave me an idea – we should export pennies to Mexico or Canada and sell them as metal. I doubt that they have laws against that in other countries…. 😆

Nick June 25, 2008 at 9:08 pm

I wonder if there are laws against exporting significant amounts of currency or anything like that….

…or maybe something about intentions

Roman June 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

I think there are – I have traveled quite a bit and crossing the border you are always required to declare your money if you have more than a certain amount with you.
I think these laws are in place because of money laundering.

Nick June 26, 2008 at 12:52 pm

That figures…I’m not sure I would feel quite right about doing something like that anyway, you know; morals, ethics, etc…all that stuff that doesn’t go so well with trying to get rich 😛

Art Sheppard March 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

And to think that everyone of those pennies have a minute intrinsic value that when considered individually is insignificant yet when taken collectively they are very powerful. It gives new meaning to the legend inscribed on each coin, “E Pluribus Unum.”

Roman March 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm

That’s a great observation Art!

Michael December 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

It is amazing to see so many coins. To see what one million looks like in dot form, have a look at this poster I made:


Lizzie October 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm

O. M. G. This is honestly so DAMN cool!! I wish I had something like this!!!!:(

katie July 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

U r sooooooooo cool I read your posts everyday

katie July 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Omg I wish I had something this cool I mean I already do this is lame

katie July 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

What poster I actuarely think your pretty cute I mean what are you like thirteen

Profoundtigger August 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Wow, maybe i should hold on to my pennies so that one day i can actually sell it as metal.

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