There are some machines in supermarkets which will process your pennies automatically... for a 10% fee. This, to me, is as bad as cash machines which charge you �2 for access to your own money. So I always sort and bag my own penny jar.
This Instructable details some ideas, tricks, and tips, on how to this quickly, efficiently, and accurately. For example, I recently sorted 3650 coins into money bags totaling �242, in an hour and a half... without miscounting a single penny!
Step 1: Prepare your area
- Find a flat surface - this ensures each pile is equal in height, making it easy to spot missed coins. Carpets are generally not good for this. Kitchen lino is good, and large enough.
- Tip the coins from the jar/bag/whisky bottle onto the surface, and make it fairly flat - this ensures maximum visibility.
- Put on a good LP. Don't use an MP3 player! An LP forces you to get up, and change posture, every 20 minutes giving you body and mind a quick break.
- Plan additional areas for:
- shiny new coins you want to keep/display
- foreign coins (there will always be some)
- stacks of sorted coins
- empty bags (usually behind you)
- full bags (these don't need to be close, as they can be thrown)
- large denomination coins. There's not usually enough in a penny jar to make up a full bag, so don't waste time sorting these out until the end.
- one empty bag, with the coin legend visible. i.e.. �1 of 1p or 2p
- Sit in the middle of these areas, with each section in easy reach.