Fun Coin Facts

On the surface, coins are cold, hard pieces of metal. But the truth is, there’s a lot more to them than that. Here are a few of the facts you may not be aware of.

  • Around $10 billion in loose change sits idle in American households. How much of it is in your home?
  • Each Coinstar Center® machine accurately counts about 600 coins per minute.
  • Nearly 90% of the U.S. population lives within five miles of a Coinstar Center® machine.
  • Coinstar Center® machines have counted more than 440 billion coins in more than 661 million transactions.
  • Coinstar Center® machines have processed more than $24.5 billion in coins. How much of that has been yours?
  • 78% of Americans say they would make more of an effort to reuse their change if they knew it would help the environment. Coinstar helps in this effort by recycling coins through the Federal Reserve.
  • The penny contains the least amount of copper of all U.S. coins.
  • It would take more than 197 billion stacked nickels to reach the moon.
  • During the colonial days, people used coins from around the world. The quarter is called “two bits” because the Spanish-milled dollars were easily cut apart into equal “bits” of eight pieces; two bits equaled 2/8, or a quarter of a dollar. The first coin issued in the United States was a silver dollar.
  • The first woman on a dollar coin was Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s rights movement. The second was Sacagewea, who was instrumental in helping Lewis & Clark explore the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 84% of women and 74% of men would pick a penny off of the ground. Would you?
  • CoinHeads are everywhere. Like you, we have a certain thing for money, called respect. We pick up pennies, put away for rainy days, and teach our kids how to save. Coins have a special place in our life (be it a piggy bank, jar, or shoe box.) We know how coins can add up—we want to get the most out of them, and we get an almost indecent thrill from using them. You know what we’re talking about. It’s a CoinHead world, and we hope you’re part of it.
  • Since 1959, President Lincoln has been featured on both sides of the penny. His facial profile is featured on the front, and if you look closely, you’ll see his statue in the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the coin.
  • In the late 1800s, the Mint issued two-cent and three-cent coins.
  • Codfish were depicted on many of the first coins of the US.
  • US coin designs cannot be changed more than once in 25 years without special legislation by Congress.
  • Edmond Knowles of Flomaton, AL holds the current record for most pennies processed, totaling $13,084.59 (and counting).