Vytautas Jakštas ir Domas Jokubauskis, two physics students behind the idea, claim it’s the largest-in-the-world coin pyramid and the project is a symbolic farewell to the Lithuanian national currency, the litas, which is set o be replace by the euro on Jan. 1.
“At first, we planned to collect a bucket of 1-cent coins. But we kept on collecting more and more until it resulted in a pyramid and the pursuit of a world record. By the time we collected the coins, the euro came, so it’s a symbolic farewell to the litas as well,” Jakštas told BNS.
In his words, slightly more coins – 1.050 million – have been collected then it was needed, and 1 million and 935 coins were used for the pyramid.
The coins will be later donated to the Mstislav Rostropovich Charity and Support Foundation “Support for the Children of Lithuania”.
The pyramid was built by several dozen volunteers and took less than three weeks to build. It’s height is 1.13 meters and it weighs 831 kilos.