McLean, Va. (WNEW) — It started with pennies people ditch at the cash register, but a quarter million coins later – and an application to the Guinness Book of World Records – it has turned into a community treasure.

At this family-owned flower shop called “Flowers and Plants, Etc.” is celebrating 39 years of business, and may have something else to celebrate if they are recognized by Guinness. In total, the floor made of coins has 267,733 pennies.

Sonya Frederick and her family glued every single penny to every tile on the 2,000-square foot floor. The process took three months to complete.

“We have some really special ones,” Frederick says. “I don’t know if you can see the dark pennies there but they represent a friend who died before the project was finished an his wife wanted a memory tile.”

Every few inches, there’s another story. A six-foot wide dazzling sunflower mosaic that Sonya Frederick designed, and her husband insisted upon continuing it throughout the entire floor.

Each one marking a word, a design, a memory and maybe a record if their application is accepted. Frederick says she had no idea her husband sent in the application.

“He didn’t even tell me he was going to do it,” Frederick says. “But he applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest coin mosaic.”

The Frederick’s made a treasure map of the store’s floor, which has become a town attraction.

“I love pennies,” Frederick says. “Most people just want to discard them and say negative things about them, but I said let’s do something with these, they need to be appreciated.”

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WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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