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Man cashes in pennies he'd been collecting for more than 60 years

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SLATON, Texas - We get them all of the time. Most times they seem to be more of a burden than anything else. 


I'm talking about pennies. 


In today electronic money world, getting pennies back in change can seem a bit pointless. I think most of us will take them and either throw them in some tip jar under the guise that "hey, maybe they were quarters Barista man! You don't know! Quit looking at me like that!" (He knows they weren't quarters). 


Perhaps you slowly collect them and throw them in a random jar you have sitting somewhere in your house. Eventually, the spare change adds up, but usually your efforts will be rewarded with a $50-60 payout at the end of the year. But that's only if you have those quarters you pretended to give to the guy making your espresso. 


Well, one man in Texas has finally cashed in his collection of pennies. A collection he's been working on for more than 60 years. 


81-year-old Ira Keys said he started saving his pennies back in 1952 and hasn't stopped since. Keys says he hasn't spent a penny since high school!


Keys finally decided it was time to part with his collection, and hauled about 500 pounds of pennies down to a local bank. 


It took about an hour to count Keys' life work, and when it was all said and done, he had accumulated $816 worth of pennies. 


Keys said he's not cone collecting what most of us consider obsolete. 


"Habits are hard to break sometimes, but I don't think I'll have this many when I cash them in again," Key said. 






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