Pennies! By Zach Margolis

This is the change that my family and I have found in every year since 2017. It's our friendly little competition, and everyone's a winner (and I'm the biggest winner).

Results

Total coins picked up, year-over-year

2017201820192020020406080100120140160180200220240260ZachDadNoahMom
PersonTotal CoinsTotal Value
Zach2757.47 USD
Dad383.18 USD
Noah130.25 USD
Mom50.14 USD

Timeline

FebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyNickelPennyPennyDimePennyNickelDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyDimePennyPennyDimePennyNickelNickelPennyPennyPennyQuarterQuarterNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterQuarterPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyDimeDimePennyPennyDimePennyDimePennyQuarterDimePennyNickelPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyZachPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelDollar BillNickelPennyPennyPennyDimePennyQuarterPennyDimePennyPennyNickelDimePennyPennyPennyNickelQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyDimeDimePennyPennyPennyQuarterQuarterPennyQuarterDadNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyNoahPennyPennyPennyDimePennyMom

By Weekday

Number of coins picked up by weekday

By Coin

Zach2322013100
Dad235451
Noah100300
Mom41000


Methodology

We take pictures of coins we find on the ground (either in situ or once they've been picked up) and then message the pictures each other. Almost all change is fair game, but we don't allow fishing in fountains (deliberately left change).

Each year, I manually scrolled through our message history and log the results in a spreadsheet. I lightly process and turned that spreadsheet into a CSV used to power these visualizations. Most of the time we text what coins we find (such as "a scuffed penny") but some of the coins were ambiguous so I took a guess (a blurry dime and nickel with no reference are hard to tell apart).

Feel free to check out the source on GitHub!