Man Pays in Quarters: $150K in Coins Weighing Four Tons Part of Settlement

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 2, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A man paid—in quarters—$150,000 after a court ordered him to pay back a $500,000 settlement over his son’s death. He paid the settlement with 600,000 quarters in 150 bags, each containing 1,000 coins.

Roger Herrin, a retired foot surgeon and a nursing home owner, paid the settlement back as a “protest against the ruling,” he told the Wall Street Journal. The entire amount of quarters weighed four tons.

“It’s vehemently wrong in my view and nearly everybody else in the world,” the Harrisburg, Ill., man told the paper. “If and when someone loses a child, it leaves a hole in your heart that is never repairable.”

Herrin lost his son in a car accident around a decade ago and an appellate court ruled that his family had taken too much of the insurance benefits after it said it made a mistake. Herrin said that he had to pay back the half a million dollars to passengers who also survived the accident.

The quarters were delivered via an armored Brink’s truck, which drove the change from the from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to a Marion, Ill., bank, according to the Journal. The bags were then transported via a friend’s flatbed truck to two law firms.

“They were not happy. They didn’t know what they were going to do with it. And I wasn’t real congenial,” Herrin said. “They decided they wanted it all,” he added.

“It’s vehemently wrong in my view and nearly everybody else in the world,” he said of the settlement, and added: “If and when someone loses a child it leaves a hole in your heart that is never repairable,” according to The Southern newspaper.

His son, Michael, died in June 2001 after a farm truck ran a stop sign and hit the Jeep Cherokee, killing him. The crash injured several others.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.