Balancing 3,118 coins on a dime

TaiStar42 accomplishes a jaw-dropping feat of dexterity, balance, and impractical engineering in this clip in which he balances 3,118 coins on a single, thin dime.

balancing tower of change 3118 coins on a single dime. 600 quarters, 501 dimes, 313 nickels, 1699 pennies, 5 foreign coins, and 7 hours of building. all real time clips,

on a dime 3000 (5th attempt, edited better) (via Neatorama)


  1. I can think of lots of good things to do with my time, but balancing my life savings on a desktop isn’t one of them.

    1. I kind of doubt someone who’s making snarky comments about strangers doing weird things on BoingBoing at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night can think of LOTS of good things to do with his time. I obviously can’t right now.

      1. Gosh, can’t a guy take a break from making prosthetic limbs for blind orphans for just 5 minutes without somebody jumping on his case? Sheesh…

  2. I wonder how long he could continue in that pattern, given infinite strength properties of the material supporting the single dime.  Forever?  Help me out here, I’m not an engineer yet.

    1. I wonder how long he could continue in that pattern

      Depends on which runs out first… his pot or his resolve.

  3. Both sides of the coin, if you will~

    Heads: An imbalanced man living an unbalanced life, trying desperately to find some sense balance. (It’s all about sporting an attractive  equilibrium.) 

    Tails: He’s actually Japanese, they dig this focal activity  stuff. (It’s all about how certain people define “relaxation”.)

  4. When I read the headline my first thought was the dime was on edge,which would have been really amazing and much more difficult. While I can appreciate the difficulty this structure presents, I can’t help but feel disappointed.

    1. I agree.  What this guy did was really, really cool.  But to use the word “balance” implies that there was a fulcrum upon which the whole deal could tip to one side or the other at any moment.  I think “stacked” is a pretty good description for his feat.  But then that undersells, because it doesn’t express the expansion out to the sides.

      1. But to use the word “balance” implies that there was a fulcrum upon which the whole deal could tip to one side or the other at any moment.  I think “stacked” is a pretty good description for his feat.


  5. I just want to know where he lives where there are zero vibrations, and what his floor is made of that prevents his walking around with the camera from jarring the stack.

    1. In Southern California, if you’re on the ground floor, you’re on a concrete slab. There aren’t any vibrations until there’s an earthquake.

        1. Yes, they’re practically all sitting on a single concrete slab that covers the entire Southern half of the state.  It was a New Deal make-work project.  The only exceptions are buildings older than 1935.

  6. what is the significance of placing the dime on the corner of the table?

    also:  how many dimes did he pack into his bong?

    also:  weed.

  7. Am I the only one who decided to add up the total cost of the coins? in case your wondering its $232.74 (unless I am wrong, I did just wake up 5 minutes ago) not counting foreign coins.

  8. This is terrific. I really like the point at ~1:56 where a bunch of coins fall and he says  “ah, don’t fall. Narly narly narly.” I think I’d be repeating that throughout the whole 7 hours.

  9. He’s clearly built a scale model of the american economy. -in which case the stack of coins can rise without limit, as long as he never stops building. The hour he stops putting new coins on the stack, the whole enterprise will tumble.

  10. @ stonewalker as far as I can tell, if strength of the support was not an issue, and you remove the chance of him knocking it completely over, then he could probably go on forever. I am not sure the strength of the bottom coins matters, since as long as weight is distributed evenly they will flatten while staying level. the strength of the table would be the only other limiting factor I can see.

    does anyone know if he has broken/set any kind of world record? Also, if anyone cares this setup cost $232.74 and some foreign coins and would have weighed about 22.5 pounds.

  11. What do you mean a tube of crazy glue doesn’t count as a foreign coin?  I’m sure there’s got to be SOME country where you could use it as currency!

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