Arizona man builds pyramid out of 1 million pennies in world record attempt
By Sophie Cannon. June 19, 2019 | 7:53am
An Arizona man can finally put his penny-pinching days behind him.
After three years of meticulous work, Cory Nielsen, 55 from Phoenix, has completed construction on what he hopes will be crowned the world’s largest coin pyramid, after placing the final penny on June 16.
Now, 1,030,315 pennies and 46 YouTube videos later, Nielsen made the announcement via his aptly named channel, Penny Building Fool, posting a six-minute time-lapse of the building process.
“It measures 65 stacks across by 65 stacks back by 65 stacks high. Each stack contains 11 pennies,” he explains in the description of the video.
Even more impressive, there is no glue involved.
“I’m free stacking these — no glue, welding or anything other than simply balancing on top of each other.”
But despite the monetarily small change, the pyramid is worth more than just a pretty penny — adding up to a total of $10,303.15. Luckily, Nielsen didn’t have to pony up the whole cost.
“I had about 30,000 pennies donated through employee friends at work and bought the rest from banks and credit unions,” Nielsen told The Post.
The hopeful world record holder, who spent a real-time total of 1.8 years on building the coin pyramid, now anxiously awaits his title after applying for the record with The Guinness Book of World Records.
After that, he plans to cash them in at the bank.
In an email to The Post, Rachel Gluck, PR Coordinator for Guinness World Records, confirmed Nielsen’s submission.
“After looking within our database, we can confirm that we have received an application from Cory Nielson for the Guinness World Records title of the largest coin pyramid,” she said.
“It is currently under review with our Records Management Team. Our current record title review process can take up to 15 weeks as our team receives nearly 1,000 applications per week.”
The current holder of the largest coin pyramid title is Vytautas Jakštas and Domas Jokubauskis, from Lithuania.
“The largest coin pyramid consists of 1,000,935 coins and was built by Vytautas Jakštas and Domas Jokubauskis (both Lithuania) at the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius, Lithuania, and completed on 29 November 2014,” Gluck said.
So what’s next for the Arizona copper coin collector when he topples the Lithuanians? He says his next video will be of him destroying the pyramid, followed by a video of the shocked teller when he goes to the bank for his $10,000 penny payday.
Then it is on to bigger coins.
“I’m going to attempt to work with a local casino and make a pyramid of 4.1 million quarters that would beat my record,” Nielsen said to The Post.
“I want to do it in a public forum, where people can see it and there is security.”