While running an errand I encountered a nicely dressed woman and her two young children, one of which had just found a nickel on the sidewalk. The other child was complaining about not having a nickel to spend. The mother replied that it didn’t matter because “you can’t buy anything with a nickel anymore”. My position has always been that if you find enough nickels you can buy anything you want.
Never one to bypass money lying on the ground, I’ve picked up a fair amount of loose change over the years. Torn between keeping my head up to enjoy the beauty (or maybe weirdness) of the world and staring at the ground looking for lost treasure as I stroll thru life. Occasionally the payoff is larger than expected. Aside from the time I found $6.06 in change in one place(why do I remember the amount years later?) the largest find was a twenty dollar bill. Years ago when I lived in a more urban area, walking or bicycling using back streets to avoid heavy traffic led me to the conclusion that the lower the neighborhood on the economic scale, the more likely you were to find money on the ground. (an indication about financial wealth and the value of money maybe?)