This man collected pennies for 4 decades and cashed in this week

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - Ortha Anders has his fair share of pennies. He started collecting the bronze coins in the 1970's, and has been fascinated with them ever since. Tuesday, with the help of some of his friends and family, he delivered 15 five-gallon water bottles to his local bank.

"I'd break a dollar before I spend a penny," said Anders. "If I was at your house and a penny was on the floor, I'd pick it up and tell you 'if this was a quarter I'd give it back to you.'”

Anders has a strong love for the coins and did not want cash in his collection, but said his insurance company would no longer insure the pennies- and he's looking to pay a medical bill.

One five-gallon bottle alone filled with pennies held $341. Remember though, Anders filled 15 bottles.

"Whenever I would see a penny, I would always say a prayer of thanks," said Anders. “It was a reminder to me to always be thankful."

Ryan Kilpatrick, Senior Vice President of Origin Bank, said Anders has been a customer for some time and he's always glad to hear when his customers save.

"He's a great example to all who are watching- all of our customers. And certainly a pillar to this community, " said Kilpatrick. "We were glad we could be involved with the process.''

When the counting was complete, and all of the coins were cashed in, the pennies totaled $5,136.14.