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. XD 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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