The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Spare change

In your pocket, you have £6.30. It is made up of four different denominations of coins, and the largest denomination is £1. There is exactly the same number of coins. How many of each coin is there and what are their values?

If you’re not from the UK and/or you don’t know the currency, £1 = 100 pence.

Coin denominations are:

  • £1
  • 50p
  • 20p
  • 10p
  • 5p
  • 2p
  • 1p

Good luck!



8 Responses to “The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Spare change”

  1. Mirtai Says:

    I believe the contents of the pocket add up as:-

    £1 x 5 =£5
    20p x 5 = £1
    5p x 5 = 25p
    1p x 5 = 5p

    Total = £6.30

    Maths isn’t my strong point so really hope I’ve not made a horrendous calculation and not noticed before posting this!! 🙂

  2. Mishaweha Says:

    That’s what I got too! 5 of … *copy/paste* £1, 20p, 5p, and 1p!

    (Now it’s my turn to be lazy!)

    But the -real- coin problem action happens with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters!



    Maybe not.

    • Veliaf Says:

      I’ll be honest; I don’t understand pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters 😀

      • Mirtai Says:

        Vel, I didn’t either until someone said that nickels were 20 cents, dimes 10 cents and quarters 25 cents – at least i THINK it’s that way round! Am I right, Mish?

      • Mishaweha Says:

        Incorrect on one count, Mirtai – Nickels are 5 cents. There is no 20 cents ’cause that’s how we roll.

        So pretty much we have ways to divide a dollar (100 cents) into 25 cent, 10 cent, 5 cent, and 1 cent chunks. And then we give them names not related to their values just to be extra obscure.

        (Well, I guess there are the half-dollar or 50 cent coins, but no one really uses those. Ever. Except in coin problems. 😄 Same with the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Quarters are the largest coin that’s used the most often, and it what most gumball machines/arcade games (that take real money as payment) use).

    • Mirtai Says:

      lol Mish, my turn again next week? 😀

  3. Mirtai Says:

    Sorry, Mish, nickle was the one i wasn’t 100% sure on!

    The challenge is on then – unless Vel makes the puzzle involve complicated maths 😀

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