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

(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.

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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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