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Coin Specifications

Date: 09/24/2001 at 22:19:15
From: ann
Subject: Weighing coins to cash in

Approximately how many of each: nickels, dimes, and pennies, does it 
take to make a pound? Or do you have another suggestion? I want to get 
an idea of how much change I have around.


Date: 09/25/2001 at 11:55:56
From: Doctor Ian
Subject: Re: Weighing coins to cash in

Hi Ann,

You can find the official weights of coins here:

  U.S. Code: Title 31, Section 5112 (Money and Finance)
  Sec. 5112. Denominations, specifications, and design of coins   

Note that the weights are in grams. There are 454 grams in a pound, 
so if a coin weighs x grams, the number of coins in a pound would be 

For example, a nickel weighs 5 grams. So there would be 454/5 = about 
91 nickels in a pound. 
Does this help? 

- Doctor Ian, The Math Forum   
Associated Topics:
Elementary Terms & Units of Measurement
Middle School Terms/Units of Measurement

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