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How Many Coins?
 
Q A bag holds 50 coins that add up to $1.00. How many coins of each denomination (value) are in the bag?
 
 
A The bag can hold 40 pennies, eight nickels, and two dimes for a total of 50 coins adding up to $1.00 ($.40 + $.40 + $.20) or 45 pennies, 2 nickels, 2 dimes, and 1 quarter ($.45 + $.10 + $.20 + $.25 = $1.00)

Based on a puzzle inThe World's Most Amazing Puzzlesby Charles Barry Townsend. New York: Sterling Publishing, 1993.