Coinage (The Exciting Conclusion)

Yesterday we loaded up the car with the boxes of rolled coins and took them over to Alliance Bank, where we’ve been customers for many years. To my relief, there were no other customers in the bank when we arrived; to my delight, Donna Smith, our go-to person at Alliance, was also at the branch. She quickly commandeered the available tellers, and all three of them began to count the money as John and I carried the boxes from the car. This is Donna taking care of the pennies.

All the bank staff wanted to know how long it had taken us to roll and count the coins, so we swapped stories while the rolls of coins mounted up. In all, I don’t think it took more than twenty minutes from hauling the money inside to leaving with the deposit slip in hand.

And for those of you who have been waiting with bated breath to learn what the total coin count was, let me tease you just a bit with another little piece of data. We wanted to make a nice, even-numbered deposit, so I dipped into the Coin Bank of Donna (pictured here – as you can see, I’m much less patient than John is) and produced an additional $21.50 to bring the total to a nice, round number. So adding this knowledge to what you learned from the post below, any more guesses as how much money was in John’s coin jug?


  1. Anonymous

    What I meant was that the amount in the jar minus the extra $21.50 was $1,478.50 or $1,974.50 and therefore the final total was either $1,500 or $2,000.

  2. Tony Westbrook

    Oh sweet Jesuz. How long did it take to save that much up? Whew!Makes me think of that old song about the guy who buried his money in old mason jars and dug it up and then got robbed and fed to the gators and the kids got swallowed up by the quicksand and there is a damp spot there still. OH Woolly Swamp? Not Swamp Witch Hattie though, that’s another song.

  3. Stage mom

    So…if you’d used a CoinStar machine (which we usually do for convenience) which charges 8.9 cents on the dollar, you would’ve paid $176.09 to Coinstar on John’s coins and only netted $1,802.41. So Donna, you would’ve had to pitch in $215.18 in change in order to pay Coinstar it’s 8.9%, or $17.59, and the balance of $197.59 added to John’s total to bring the deposit up to $2000. See how much money you saved! Plus, there’s the matter of getting out of the grocery store safely with $2K in bills. Poor Brad is in for a math lesson (and some coin counting) now!!

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