Man cashes in 500 pounds of pennies saved over 60 years

Jan 19, 2015 4:16 PM by KCBD

After 65 years of saving, an 81-year-old Slaton, Texas man has deposited $816 worth of pennies.

Ira Keys hasn't spent a penny since he was 17 years old, because of advice his father gave him.

"He says, 'Whatever you do son, save your money,'" Keys said. "Back when I started in '52, I didn't have a lot of money, so I saved pennies and I just kept saving them."

The collection weighed in at about 500 pounds.

Kari Lewis, a personal banker at Prosperity Bank, said she has never seen anything like Keys' collection before.

"We take pennies for granted," she said. "You see them on the ground and you're kind of like, 'Oh, I'm not picking that up,' but for him to collect it for years and years was pretty amazing."

It took employees over an hour to count the collection of about 81,600 pennies.


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