The MegaPenny Project
by kokogiak media

    Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?"

    All the following pages have tables at the bottom, listing things such as the value of the pennies, size of the pile, weight, and area (if laid flat). All weights and measurements are U.S. standards, not metric.

    It's best to step through the project from start to beginning, but if you'd like to just jump in, links are available below.

Enter the MegaPenny Project

Pages, in order:
One penny
Sixteen pennies
One Thousand pennies
Fifty Thousand pennies
One Hundred Thousand pennies
One Million pennies
Ten Million pennies
One Hundred Million pennies
One Billion pennies
Ten Billion pennies
One Hundred Billion pennies
Pennies Currently in circulation
One Trillion pennies
One Trillion (part II)
Empire State Building
Sears Tower
One Quadrillion pennies
One Quintillion pennies
Index, Table and Links
MegaMoo - a special bonus section

Various Awards



Yediot Aharonot

03.24.2001 03.23.01

Guardian UK Web Watch 03.22.01



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