Determined Banker Counts 5K Pounds of Coins by Hand
All that work amounted to just $9.4K
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2017 8:32 AM CST
Not exactly a pile of 1.2 million coins...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A German bank employee spent six months dealing with a family's inheritance, which totaled in the millions—of coins. Deutsche Welle has the somewhat improbable story of Wolfgang Kemereit, a worker at the Oldenburg branch of the Deutsche Bundesbank who was tasked with counting 5,500 pounds of coins by hand. They had been amassed over three decades by a man who left the 1.2 million one- and two-penny coins to his family.

Germany now uses the euro, but the coins were remnants of the former deutsche mark days. Banks will still exchange them, but Kemereit explains these couldn't be put through a machine because of their sometimes rusted and sandwiched-together condition. He says that while performing his normal duties he chipped away at counting the stash, a project that took him more than six months to complete. The grand total? $9,400. (In a story very much the opposite, a single dime ended up being worth nearly $2 million.)

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