The national and global economy have taken a beating in the last year. (I know, this is hardly news.) I therefore have proof that my annual found-money tally has no correlation with the wider economy. This was a banner year: Not only did the total haul since we started counting (four years, now) pass $100, counting interest, this year, but it was an all-time high on almost every number I count.
- Total value: $32.74
- 60 quarters, more than ever
- 110 dimes, quite a few but not enough to outweigh the quarter haul in value
- 36 nickels, still the rarest coin
- A staggering 494 pennies
- Three foreign currencies: 0.05 € (not found in Europe), 0.05 NZD (a first) and 0.25CDN
For previous years’ reports, see 2008, 2007, and 2006. If I wanted to be really geeky I’d make gnuplot graphs of the numbers of various denominations over years, or the relative income from “new cash” vs. interest earned. But I should really automate that instead of spending the time…