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

20172018201920202021020406080100120140160180200220240260ZachDadNoahMom
PersonTotal CoinsTotal Value
Zach2587.53 USD 0.25 CAD
Noah170.67 USD
Dad553.64 USD
Mom170.92 USD

Timeline

FebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyDimeDimePennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyNickelNickelNickelNickelPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelDimePennyPennyPennyQuarterDimeQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyQuarterQuarterPennyDimeQuarterDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyNickelPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyCanadian QuarterPennyDimeDimePennyPennyPennyPennyZachPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyNickelDimePennyDimePennyNickelPennyPennyPennyNoahPennyDimeDimeQuarterPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyDimeDimePennyPennyDimePennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterPennyDimeNickelQuarterPennyPennyQuarterPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyPennyDimeDimeNickelPennyDimeDimeNickelPennyDimeQuarterQuarterNickelNickelNickelPennyDadPennyPennyPennyDimeDimePennyPennyPennyDimePennyPennyPennyPennyQuarterQuarterPennyPennyMom

By Weekday

Number of coins picked up by weekday

By Coin

Zach2181610131
Noah122210
Dad2913670
Mom123020


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 to a group chat with all of us. Almost all change is fair game, but we don't allow fishing in fountains (deliberately left change).

Each year, I manually scroll through our message history and log the results in a spreadsheet. I lightly process and turn that spreadsheet into a CSV used to power these visualizations. Most of the time we note what coins we find (such as "a scuffed penny" or "a dime and a nickel") but sometimes we forget, so I have to take a guess (a blurry dime and nickel with no reference are hard to tell apart).

Feel free to check out the source on GitHub!