Review the value of U.S. coins, and try some practice problems.

U.S. Coins

The most commonly used coins in U.S. money are quarters\blueD{\text{quarters}}, dimes\greenD{\text{dimes}}, nickels\purpleD{\text{nickels}}, and pennies\maroonD{\text{pennies}}.

Quarters

Quarters\blueD{\text{Quarters}} are worth 25\blueD{25} cents. Below is an image of the front and back of a quarter.

Dimes

Dimes\greenD{\text{Dimes}} are worth 10\greenD{10} cents. Below is an image of the front and back of a dime.

Nickels

Nickels\purpleD{\text{Nickels}} are worth 5\purpleD{5} cents. Below is an image of the front and back of a nickel.

Pennies

Pennies\maroonD{\text{Pennies}} are worth 1\maroonD{1} cent. Below is an image of the front and back of a penny.
Want to learn more about U.S. coins? Check out this video.

Counting coins

Let's look at an example:
What is the total value of the coins below?
One quarter is 25\blueD{25} cents.
25\blueD{25} cents
A dime is 10\greenD{10} cents, and there are 22 dimes. Skip count by 10\greenD{10}'s two times from 25\blueD{25} cents:
25,35,45\blueD{25}, \greenD{35}, \greenD{45} cents
A nickel is 5\purpleD5 cents, and there are 22 nickels. Skip count by 5\purpleD5's two times from 45\greenD{45} cents:
45,50,55\greenD{45}, \purpleD{50}, \purpleD{55} cents
A penny is 1\maroonD1 cent, and there are 44 pennies. Count by 1\maroonD1's four times from 55\purpleD{55} cents
55,56,57,58,59\purpleD{55}, \maroonD{56}, \maroonD{57}, \maroonD{58}, \maroonD{59}
The total value of the coins is 5959 cents.

Practice

Problem 1
What is the total value of the coins below?
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 66
  • an exact decimal, like 0.750.75
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3/53/5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7/47/4
  • a mixed number, like 1 3/41\ 3/4
cents

Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.