Do you know how many nickels make a dollar? Many people don’t. In fact, many people struggle with basic math. But don’t worry, you’re not alone! Counting money is easy when you get the hang of it.

Most people prefer to deal with paper money but learning how to make change for a dollar is a basic life skill you need to know so you won’t get ripped off.

Keep reading and we’ll take a look at how to make change using nickels and cents. We’ll also explore some fun facts about coins. Stay tuned!

Contents

- Do 5 nickels make a dollar?
- How many coins and nickels make a dollar?
- Understanding different ways to make a dollar with coins
- How do you make a dollar out of nickels?
- How many nickels make $2?
- How many nickels are in a roll?
- Did you know that there are actually five different types of coins in the United States?
- Nickels in a Dollar Calculator
- What are banknotes?
- Where does the money come from? Who makes it?
- Fun facts about nickels – Did you know…
- How much does a nickel weigh?
- How wide is a nickel?

## Do 5 nickels make a dollar?

The answer is pretty simple – five nickels make a ~~whole dollar~~ quarter.

Five nickels equal ONE quarter.

**20 nickels make a dollar!**

That’s right, 20 nickels make a dollar. So the next time you’re trying to figure out if you have enough money to buy something or not, remember – five nickels is one quarter which is 1/4th of a dollar.

Now that we know how many nickels make a dollar, let’s explore some fun facts about coins!

## How many coins and nickels make a dollar?

### Cents – 100 cents make a dollar

One cent = $0.01

One penny = 1 cent

Five cents = 1 nickel

Ten cents = 1 dime

Twenty-five cents = 1 Quarter

Fifty cents = 1 half dollar**100 cents equal $1.00**

50 cents in a roll = $0.50

### Nickels – 20 nickels make a dollar

One nickel = $0.05

One nickel = 5 cents

Two nickels = 1 dime

Five nickels = 1 quarter

Ten nickels = 1 half dollar**20 nickels = $1.00** –** thats right, 20 nickels make a dollar!**

40 nickels in a roll = $2.00

### Dimes – 10 dimes make a dollar

One dime = $0.10

One dime = 10 cents

Five dimes = 2 quarters

Five dimes = 1 half dollar**10 dimes = $1.00**

50 dimes in a roll = $5.00

### Quarters – 4 quarters make a dollar

One quarter = $0.25

Two quarters = 1 half dollar**4 quarters equal $1.00**

40 quarters in a roll = $10.00

### Half Dollars – 2 half dollars make a dollar

One half dollar = $0.50**Two half dollars = $1.00**

20 half dollars in a roll = $10.00

### Different coin combinations that equal $1

You can also make a dollar with different coins. Here are some combinations that will equal one dollar.

- 3 quarters and 25 cents
- 3 quarters and 5 nickels
- 3 quarters, 2 dimes, and 1 nickel
- 2 quarters and 5 dimes
- 2 quarters and 10 nickels
- 2 quarters and 50 cents
- 2 quarters, 3 nickels, 1 dime, and 25 cents
- 1 quarter, 5 dimes, and five nickels
- 10 dimes
- 5 dimes and 10 nickels
- 20 nickels make a dolllar
- 100 cents

As you can see, there are many different ways that you could make a dollar with coins. It all depends on what type of coin you have and how many of each coin you have.

## Understanding different ways to make a dollar with coins

Did you know that there are many different ways to make a dollar with coins?

- You could have 100 cents which equal $0.01 x 100 = $1.00 or one dollar
- You could have 20 nickels which equal 0.05 x 20 = $1.00 or one dollar
- You could have ten dimes which equal $0.10 x 10 = $1.00 or one dollar
- You could have four quarters which equals $0.25 x 4 = $1.00 or one dollar
- You could have two half dollars or $0.50 cents x 2 = $1.00 or one dollar

As you can see, there are many different ways that you could make a dollar with coins. It all depends on what type of coin you have and how many of each coin you have.

## How do you make a dollar out of nickels?

A nickel equals $0.05 or 5 cents (pennies).

A dollar is $1.00.

You will need 20 nickels ($0.05) to equal $1.00.

**Lets to the math**

20 x $0.05 = 1.00

Another way to think about it is how many dimes $0.10 equal $1.00. This is easier to think about because 10 x 0.10 = $1.00. A dime is double a nickel so you will need twice as many nickels as you do dimes to make a dollar.

### How many quarters equal 1 dollar?

A quarter equals $0.25. So 4 x $0.25 = $1.00.

**Now you try it**

**How many cents $0.01 equals $0.50?**

50 cents ($0.01) make a half dollar or $0.50.

**How many dimes equal $0.50? **

Since a dime is worth $0.10, it would take 5

Now you try to solve this one! How many nickels make a quarter?

Another way to look at this problem is how many $0.05 nickels will you need to make $0.25?

One nickel is worth $0.05 and a quarter is worth $0.25. So it would take five nickels to make one quarter.

You could also think about it this way – since there are four quarters in a dollar, and each quarter is worth $0.25, that means that each quarter is worth one-fourth of a dollar.

If we divide a dollar by four, we would get $0.25 – which is how much each quarter is worth.

Now that we know how to make change using nickels and cents, let’s explore some fun facts about coins!

Coins have been around for a long time – in fact, the first coins were made over 2500 years ago!

Did you know that there are actually five different types of coins in the United States?

The five types of coins are the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar.

### Coin physical traits

Each type of coin has a different value and each coin looks different from the others. Nickels and cents have smooth edges while quarters and dimes have ridged edges.

The penny is worth one cent, the nickel is worth five cents, the dime is worth ten cents, the quarter is worth twenty-five cents, and the half dollar is worth fifty cents.

## How many nickels make $2?

We already learned that it takes twenty nickels to equal $1.00 so how many nickels will be needed to equal $2.00?

$2.00 is double $1.00 so you will need double the number of nickels or 40 nickels to get $2.00. That’s a lot of nickels!

## How many nickels are in a roll?

One roll of nickels holds 40 coins or $2.00.

## Did you know that there are actually five different types of coins in the United States?

The five types of coins are the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and a half dollar.

Each type of coin has a different value and each coin looks different from the others. Nickels and cents have smooth edges while quarters and dimes have ridged edges.

The penny is worth one cent, the nickel is worth five cents, the dime is worth ten cents, the quarter is worth twenty-five cents, and the half dollar is worth fifty cents.

Now that we know the different values of coins, let’s learn how to make change using them!

It takes 20 nickels to equal one dollar. So if you have 40 nickels, you have two dollars.

## Nickels in a Dollar Calculator

If you want to know how much money you have in nickels, you can use our nickels to dollars calculator.

To use the calculator, simply enter the number of dollars and coins that you have and click on the “Calculate” button.

The calculator will then tell you how much money you have.

Here is a good coin calculator that will help you figure out how much money you have.

## What are banknotes?

Banknotes are paper money that is used as currency. In the United States, banknotes come in denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.

### Large banknotes out of circulation are still legal tender

According to the USA.gov, “United States no longer issues bills in larger denominations, such as $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 bills. But they are still legal tender and may still be in circulation. All U.S. currency issued since 1861 is valid and redeemable at its full face value.”

## Where does the money come from? Who makes it?

The United States Mint is responsible for producing and circulating money in the United States. The Mint produces coins for circulation, as well as coin and currency-related products for collectors and investors.

The first mint was established in Philadelphia in 1792, and today there are four active mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point.

Did you know that the penny is the most common coin in circulation? In fact, there are more than 11 billion pennies currently in circulation!

There are also more than five billion nickels, nearly three billion dimes, more than two billion quarters, and more than one billion half dollars.

That’s a lot of coins! And it’s no wonder that we sometimes have trouble keeping track of them all.

**Read about historic coin production in the USA here.**

## Fun facts about nickels – Did you know…

### What are nickel coins made of?

A nickel is a five-cent coin struck by the United States Mint. Composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel, the obverse features the profile of President Thomas Jefferson and the reverse a montage of symbols of liberty.

## How much does a nickel weigh?

A U.S. Nickel weighs exactly five grams or 0.176 Troy ounces. This is 0.005 kilogram or 0.0120 pounds.

## How wide is a nickel?

A U.S Nickel is exactly 21.21 mm in diameter and is the widest of all currently circulating coins in the United States. The thickness of a Nickel coin is also very uniform at exactly

### More interesting nickel facts

- The first coin ever made was in Lydia and was made out of electrum, which is a natural alloy of gold and silver.
- A penny is actually called a “cent”. The name “penny” comes from the British coin of the same value.
- The first quarter was made in 1796 and had George Washington on it. It was made out of silver.
- Dimes used to be made out of gold! Can you imagine that?
- The most valuable coin in circulation today is actually the Kennedy half dollar, which is worth $12.
- The first nickel was made in 1866 and was made of copper.
- The front of a dime has 118 ridges around the edge, while a quarter has 119.
- Both dime and quarter designs have ridges but they are different sizes, with the dime being the smaller of the two.
- Coins being different sizes help you to identify coins while they are in your pocket or to a person with vision limitations.
- Thomas Jefferson’s face is on the nickel.
**Who is Thomas Jefferson and why is he on the nickel?**Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States and he wrote the Declaration of Independence. - The Liberty Bell is on the back of a nickel.
- A nickel is slightly larger than a penny.
- The Liberty Bell is a famous bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the most popular symbols of the United States.
- The back of a nickel has the words “E Pluribus Unum” on it. This means “Out of many, one” in Latin.
- The nickel is named after the metal nickel, which is used to make the coin.
- The nickel is one of the most common coins in circulation.
- In 2010, the Mint released a new series of coins honoring America’s national parks. The first coin in this series was the El Yunque National Forest Quarter, which featured a Coqui frog on the reverse side. This coin also proved to be very popular and led to a shortage of quarters in the United States.
- During World War II, the United States government rationed nickel due to its strategic importance in the war effort. In fact, some coins were even made without nickels during this time.
- The first five-cent piece was struck by the Mint in 1866 and was made of 100% silver until 1866 when the composition was changed to 75% copper and 25% nickel. Read more about the history of the nickel here.
- The word “nickel” actually comes from the German word “kupfernickel”, which means “Old Nick’s copper”. This was a term used to describe a type of ore that was difficult to extract copper from.

What are some other fun facts about other coins? Do you have any favorite coin tricks? Let us know in the comments below!