Winning cents for Darch resident’s world record bid

Samirbhai Patel with his 48,000 five-cent coins. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d441681
Samirbhai Patel with his 48,000 five-cent coins. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d441681

DARCH resident Sam Patel is hoping his hobby will make him a world record holder.

The avid coin collector is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of coins minted in the same year.

The current record is 11,111 set by India’s Rahul G. Keshwani in 2013 but Mr Patel is hoping to beat this with more than 50,000 5c coins when official counting is held on August 22.

“I thought if I do 50,000 then it makes it harder for someone else to beat,” he said.

Mr Patel was also strategic in choosing what year of coins to collect.

“In 2006 the Royal Australian Mint minted 306.5 million 5c coins, so I knew I would have more chance of achieving the record,” he said.

Mr Patel visits a bank branch near his workplace daily to sort through coins, taking about 200 each visit.

“From Monday to Friday I collect coins and on Friday and Saturday I count them,” he said.

His interest in collecting coins started about five years ago and Mr Patel also collects bank notes and stamps.

He said he was nervous ahead of the official counting, which is expected to take 12 to 14 hours and will be judged by two independent witnesses.