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Coins in the Fountain Tell a Story

Article in the Epoch Times goes deep into Bryant Park's coin-counting.

Samira Bouaou, Epoch Times

Throughout the year, as we complete maintenance work on the Lowell Fountain, we collect the coins that visitors toss into the fountain basin, wash them, and deposit them in the bank. The funds go toward ongoing fountain maintenance, and covering the labor cost associated with removing the coins. MidCity News reported in January 2014 that $3,233.61 in coins were tossed into the fountain in 2013.

On March 21 this year, Maureen Devenny of the Bryant Park digital media team posted an article about our coin-collecting on the Bryant Park Blog. The post includes detailed information and photos of some of the more interesting coins, and coin-like objects such as arcade and public transportation tokens, that we’ve recovered from the fountain.

Genevieve Belmaker of Epoch Times saw our blog post and was inspired to write a cover story about just what happens to the Lowell Fountain coins. Depositing U.S. coins is easy, but what about foreign coins? The answer may surprise you.

We turn them over to the American Numismatic Society, where scholars can study and categorize them. Coins thrown in a fountain can elicit information about visitors to NYC and the cultures from which they come. To get the full story, read Ms. Belmaker’s fascinating and entertaining look into this relatively small aspect of park operations.    

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