BARBERTON, Ohio, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A 78-year-old Ohio man has collected nearly 10,000 pounds of pennies, which may be a record.
Gene Sukie, a retired glass-factory supervisor from Barberton, is cashing in the 1,407,550 pennies, worth $14,075.50, which he collected over 34 years, USA Today reported Tuesday.
"I didn't set out to set a record, but they add up," Sukie said. "It was something I could save without hurting our household."
Coinstar, a Bellevue, Wash., company with coin-counting machines in 11,000 U.S. grocery stores, set up two machines to count Sukie's pennies and was expected to finish Tuesday. The old Coinstar record was 792,141 pennies collected by Sylvester Neal of Anchorage, Alaska, in 2001.
Sukie not only collected pennies, he indexed them by year and mint location and wrapped pennies of the same year and mint into 28,851 rolls. He documented the contents and date of each roll in a loose-leaf binder that is now 3-inches thick.