Many people have asked the question, “How much do coins weigh? “

The United States has many different types of coins – so naturally there is not just one answer, but rather several

Today I’m going to show you how much US coins weigh – by denomination…

### Can you weigh coins to count them?

In fact, many coin counting machines can accurately calculate a quantity of coins simply by weighing them

If you want to weigh coins to count them yourself, rather than using a coin counter, then your best bet is to buy an electronic coin-operated weighing machine – a digital coin-operated scale

A digital coin weigher is probably the most convenient method of weighing coins, but an analog coin scale could also work

Whatever type of coin scale you decide to use, make sure it can provide an accurate, unrounded weight down to at least 1/10th of a gram and preferably 1/100th of a gram

Scales that only measure in whole grams round fractions to the nearest whole gram and therefore may give incomplete readings – and that’s not good for weighing parts, especially those whose metal variants are distinguished by weight differences of less than 1 gram

However, they usually only provide readings to the nearest whole gram – so it’s best to avoid using food scales and stamp scales

If you want to weigh coins accurately and like a pro, buy a coin scale!

In this video I show you the 5 things you need to know before weighing coins PLUS my favorite coin scale:

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How to count parts by weight

### So you want to group all your coins together and count them by weighing them, right?

Separate all your coins by denomination Now, within each denomination, separate them by type of metal (pre-1965 90% silver, quarters and half dollars vs

post-1982 zinc pennies, etc) Next, place all coins of the same denomination and metal type on a coin scale Finally, divide the number in the weight reading by the standard weight of a single piece of that type (see piece weights listed below)

NOTE: It is important that you realize that the accuracy of the quotient (the final number you arrive at with your calculation after division) depends on the scale providing a reading accurate to at least 1/10th of a gram

The United States Mint is allowed to strike coins within a certain range or deviation from the standard weight – this difference is known as the tolerance

The tolerance-based weight difference depends on the denomination in question, and we’ll cover that in more detail below

Additionally, parts that contain a lot of wear may weigh less than the standard weight of a part of that type

Therefore, when weighing coins for counting, you need to take these minor differences into account

How much do coins weigh by denomination

If you are going to weigh coins to count them, their weight in grams is absolutely important to know

### How much does a dollar coin weigh?

US dollar coins were first minted in 1794 and were made in different sizes and with various metals

Therefore, there is no single standard weight for all silver dollars or other dollar coins produced by the United States Mint

### Here are the different weights of US dollar coins in circulation:

* Tolerances for silver dollars are 039 grams plus or minus and 052 grams plus or minus for copper-nickel plated dollars and 40% Eisenhower silver

### How much does a half dollar weigh?

Like silver dollars, the half dollar has been minted since 1794 and this denomination has undergone some changes over the years

### Here is how much a 50 cent coin weighs:

Half dollars made from 1794 to 1836 (size larger than 325 millimeters) – 1348 grams Half dollars made from 1836 to 1839 (size smaller than 30 millimeters) – 1336 grams Half dollars made from 1839 to 1853, no arrows at the date – 1336 grams Half dollars made from 1853 to 1873, (1853-55 with arrows at the date) — 1244 grams Half dollars made from 1873 to 1964, (1873 -74 with date arrows) — 125 gram 40% silver half dollars made from 1965 through 1970 and 1976-S – 115 gram copper-nickel plated half dollars made from 1971 – 1134 grams

*Tolerances for a half dollar are 026 grams plus or minus

The United States Mint has been making quarters since 1796, and the denomination weight has changed since the first examples of this working coin were minted in the late 18th century

### Here is a list of US quarterly weights:

Quarters made 1796-1838 — 674 grams Quarters made 1838-1853 with seated Liberty pattern and no date arrows — 668 grams Quarters made 1853-1873 (1853-55 with date arrows) — 622 grams Quarters made from 1873 to 1964 (1873-74 with arrows at date) — 625 grams Copper-Nickel Quarters made since 1965 — 567 grams 40% Silver Bicentennial Quarters ( 1976-S) — 575 grams

*Tolerances for quarters are 019 grams plus or minus

Dimes have been made in the United States since 1796, and these coins have been made in different weights

### Here are the weights of US pennies in circulation:

* Tolerances for dimes are 009 grams plus or minus

## How much does a nickel weigh?

The “nickel” is really just shorthand for the five-cent coin – which has technically been in production since 1794 and was originally a small silver coin known as a half-dime (or half -dism)

With the sole exception of the wartime five cent coins which were made from a 35% silver alloy during the period from 1942 to 1945 to save nickel for the manufacture of artillery from World War II, American nickels contain a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel

However, even with the metal changes during World War II, the coin’s weight remained unchanged

### Here’s how much American nickels weigh:

*Tolerances for nickels are 019 grams plus or minus

The iconic penny, or one-cent coin as that denomination is officially known in the United States, has been an American staple since 1793

Once nearly the size of a modern half dollar, the penny was first reduced to its current diameter of 19 millimeters in 1856

The metal composition of the “little” cent also evolved from copper-nickel to bronze, then to copper-zinc as seen today

### Here’s how much a penny weighs:

* Tolerances for pennies are 013 grams from 1856 to 1971, 012 grams from 1972 to 1982 and 010 grams since 1982

Other Parts Weight Questions

### How much does a silver coin weigh?

We have already listed the silver coin weights above in the dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars coin weight sections above

Hopefully this information answers your questions about the weight of silver coins

### Let’s look at the weight of some of the most common types of classic American gold coins:

There are no US coins that weigh precisely 1 gram

The Chinese yen coin weighs 1 gram for a tee!

If you are looking for coins weighing 2 grams, check out Chile’s Reform Currency

A 1975 aluminum centavo coin weighs exactly 2 grams!

You’re not going to find many coins, medals or anything else in the numismatic arena that individually weigh 200 grams – that’s 705 ounces, or nearly half a pound!

But, there is a handy coin you can find in pocket change which in multiples easily adds up to 200 grams

It is the nickel which, again, weighs 5 grams

It takes 40 nickels to equal 200 grams

### Do you know what 40 nickels is?

A $2 roll of nickels

And that’s a great segue into this next question about weighing coins in rolls…

### How much do rolled coins weigh?

### To answer this question, you need to know how many coins go into a standard bank roll:

A roll of pennies is worth 50 coins A roll of nickels is worth 40 coins A roll of dimes is worth 50 coins A roll of quarters is worth 40 coins A roll of half dollars is worth 20 coins A roll of large dollars is worth 20 coins A roll of small dollars is worth 25 coins

As you have already learned, each coin denomination has been produced in different metals and weights over the years

### So if you want to know how much the rolled coins weigh you will need to:

## Do banks weigh rolled coins?

Some do, but even banks that weigh rolled coins can only do so as a secondary means of checking the number of coins in a roll

For example, a roll of 50 coins that are all copper clad zinc coins minted since late 1982 will weigh about 30 grams less than a roll of 50 bronze coins minted before 1983

Therefore, weighing the rolls can give a rough idea of the number of parts inside – but due to differences in weight caused by tolerances, heavy part wear, various metal compositions and other factors, the Weighing rolls of coins can be a tricky task

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