Later I found a site today that promised to calculate the value of coins in a jar. Or in my case, the ashtray. I put all my remaining coins in a container, weighed the total amount, dumped out the coins, weighed the container, subtracted it from the total, and came up with:

**1.10 pounds of coins in the ashtray**

Then following the instructions, I grabbed a small handful of coins.

I counted out how many of each kind of coin:

**7 pennies**

**5 nickels**

**5 dimes**

**3 quarters**

**20 total coins in the handful I grabbed.**

According to the website, that equals a total of:

0.038581 pounds of pennies.

0.055115 pounds of nickels.

0.025000 pounds of dimes.

0.037500 pounds of quarters.

0.16 pounds calculated weight of handful

7.04 total handfuls in ashtray (estimated)

$1.57 value of my handful

$11.06 total estimated value of my coins

Actually I had $12.30 cents left, after the $2.18 I spent on food for lunch. So the calculator was inaccurate or my small handful was not a representative sample of the coins.

How does it work? They take the weight of the number of coins in the handful (assuming it's a normal distribution of coins to match the rest in the jar), they calculate the possible coins of each weight, then guess-timate a total.

Counting manually works just fine for me, because it took only about 2 minutes to sort the coins and count up my $12.30 - less than it took to do the coin counter web tool.

But if you have gazillions of coins, you need a coin counting machine. For some unexplained reason, we have 11 in our warehouse. Call if you want to buy one!

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