I started saving loose change in a plastic pretzel barrel when I went to college in the fall of 1999. Now it is full.

The Facts

  • The barrel contains United States pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. There are no half-dollars or dollar coins, nor are there any foreign coins.
  • The coins were collected when making cash purchases over the last eleven years, which means...
  • ...the coins are not evenly distributed; that is, there are not equal numbers of pennies as there are dimes. Statistically-speaking, you are more likely to get quarters and pennies back in change when making a purchase.
  • The barrel is 13 inches tall, 7 inches in diameter at its top and bottom, and 8½ inches in diameter in the middle.
  • I will not weigh the barrel, so don't ask how much it weighs. I will say, however, that it is very heavy, so rather than lift it I slide it around on its base. I have to push off with my feet, too. I don't roll it because I don't trust the plastic to not break.

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Contest Entry Notes

  • The contest will run through the end of May 2011.
  • Only one entry allowed per person, which is enforced by allowing only one entry per email address. So don't mess up your guess.
  • That means if I don't know you personally you can use multiple email addresses for multiple guesses, which is sort of like cheating.
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