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Challenging Coin Puzzles

By Terry Stickels

Introduction
This puzzle package, Challenging Coin Puzzles, contains every type of coin puzzle imaginable. From
tic-tac-toe with nickels and dimes to sliding coin puzzles to a coin-filled word search, get ready for
a challenge!
Some puzzles are more challenging than others. Just remember – don’t become discouraged if a
puzzle stumps you. You can always skip it and go back to it later. Sometimes solving one puzzle will
help you solve others.
Are you ready for the challenge? Turn the page!

Copyright  2005, Terry Stickels, All rights reserved. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www.puzzlersparadise.com/
Permission is granted for personal use of this document. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit.
Note: All puzzles in the package have been reprinted with permission. The puzzles were previously published in the book “Challenging Coin Puzzles” by Terry Stickels, ISBN 0-439-
38879-1.

“Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 2

Easy Coin Puzzles 3. Let’s play tic-tac-toe with nickels and dimes! Below is
the start of a game in which the nickel has moved first.
It’s your turn. The challenge is to place your dime in
1. Here are nine pennies arranged in a triangle. Here’s the
the only square that will stop the nickel from winning
challenge – change the position of two coins to turn the
the game.
triangle into a square.

1

2 3 4

5 6 7 8 9

2. Beth flipped a nickel five times. Each time, the nickel
landed heads-up. The challenge is to figure out the
chances of the nickel landing heads-up when Beth flips
it for the sixth time.

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dime. U D N F E Q D I M E Z A Half of the sum of the numbers above A I I S O L M Y T O P Q Will give you the quarters I know you just love. that’s just a start. Add in some quarters to make it more fun. the words cents. money. my friends. what do you see? T N K I W P A L L O D B How much money for you and for me? E N I O E U I L N I C K O E Q C Q Z D O L L A D C P M N K A C I N O E I E L I E R E A L L O D M N Z D P D O L L A C I A L R Q P A O S K R N D I E G N A H C L B F G K Z Q M T R L F C D N L U W S R O V E A M I K C E G T U J N F P L O P N T Q N U A P E W R M N P R B E L Z Z U P T N B E S F C U R R E N C Y D L Y G Copyright  2005. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 3 4. Read the poem below.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. penny. Terry Stickels. All rights reserved. Here’s a word search for you. coins. down. I have some. Q U A R T E P E N N R O Six of the dimes – but that’s only part. The challenge is to find the total value of all the coins. .puzzlersparadise. R Y C N U R Q R D I M A So tell me. up. change. They can be Nickels and dimes. dollar. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. and quarter. currency. nickel. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. Four of the first – now. The challenge is to come up with 5. or backward. diagonal. puzzle.

00? a. The headquarters are in Washington. California were in the change. mint coins. San Francisco. and there are four other locations throughout the United 4 5 6 States. 48 2 3 9. All rights reserved.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. 10 b. Olivia needed change for the bus. Copyright  2005. 1. Pennsylvania received the exact same number of nickels as dimes. Mint is where American coins are made. . or “minted”. West Point. e. Colorado three one-dollar bills for nickels and dimes and c. The challenge is to figure out which city doesn’t belong. Here’s the challenge – take four of the same type of coin and arrange them so that each coin is touching the other three coins. Only one of these cities does not changing the positions of only two coins. Philadelphia. Terry Stickels. The challenge is to figure out how many nickels there d.000 d.puzzlersparadise. Denver.C. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 4 6. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. Dallas. Here’s the challenge – how many quarters are there in $25. a.S.. The U. Here’s the challenge – turn this triangle upside down by Below are five cities. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. Here are six dimes arranged in a triangle. Texas 7. 100 1 c. D. 8. New York 10. She exchanged b.

To the right of this list are the countries that issue these coins – but not in the correct order. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. franc e. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. nickel. and quarter. Here’s some fun trivia to challenge you. rupee d. Switzerland 3. Without looking. Venezuela Copyright  2005. dime. Japan 5. krona c. Below you’ll find a list of five different coins. All rights reserved. how much money challenge – match each coin with its correct country. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 5 11. How many pennies would you have to stack on top of one another ? in order for the height of your pile of pennies to equal ? ? ? the diameter of one penny? 14. would you have after two and a half minutes? 1.puzzlersparadise. Terry Stickels. name the presidents who appear on a Medium Coin Puzzles penny. . India 2. Here’s the 12. If one cent is equal to one second. 13. yen b. Sweden 4.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. bolivar a.

her worst fears were about There are 2 N in a D. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. Here’s a challenge – using nine pennies. c. He was given 8 16. Her date was The answer is: “There are two nickels in a dime. There are 5 P and 1 N in a D. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 6 15. The answer is: “There are twenty-five pennies in a quarter. Margaret spent 75¢ on two pieces of candy. There are 5 P and 2 D in a Q. Because of the poor lighting in the dim entry of the ballroom. costs. Here’s a fun puzzle called “numlets”. 19. last second. but Elise pulled him away at the There are 25 P in a Q. – how many pennies did Mark average over the three days? Copyright  2005. to happen: nylons torn and broken heels. where the 17. There are 10 N in a HD. Terry Stickels. Here’s the challenge same size). These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. Can you find them? figure out what phrase is represented by the letters and numbers. Here are two examples: Elise was worried. challenge is to figure out how much each piece of candy b. 88 pennies on the second day. The a. arrange them to pennies on the first day. The challenge is to American coins.” Can you solve the numlets below? 18. One of the candies cost 35¢ more than the other. (The squares do not have to be the and 888 pennies on the third day. make five squares.” about to nick electrical wires that were sticking out Here’s another example: from a light fixture. All rights reserved. Mark won a penny-counting contest.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. Hidden in the paragraph below are the names of three questions have numbers and letters. .puzzlersparadise.

fifty nickels. “If we add up our three coin a 4 x 4 grid so that no two coins of the same amounts and divide by three. place all the coins in says to Alex and Coley. How many words can you make from the letters in the word quarter? The challenge is to find at least twelve. and fifty dimes. amount of money. Here’s the answer that’s usually given: Alex asked Molly how she figured that out so quickly. Terry Stickels. and one dime. 22. we will all have the same denomination are next to each other horizontally. and Coley has 45¢. one nickel. You must use at least one penny. From a pile of fifty pennies.puzzlersparadise. Molly has 73¢. Can you come up with at least one different solution? Copyright  2005. “I know a trick that will tell me if any whole number is evenly divisible by three. or diagonally. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. Molly 23.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document.” The challenge is to figure out Molly’s trick. Using four nickels and four dimes. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 7 20. choose sixteen coins that have a value of exactly 50 cents.” vertically. All rights reserved. Molly said. . These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. 21. Alex has 29¢.

Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. 1 : 5 : : dime : ? a dime. She knows that the Bicycle : 2 : : car : ? other coin is either a dime or a nickel. Here’s another example: 26. c. What’s the correct answer? a. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 8 24. I have two coins that total 35¢. One of the coins is not a.puzzlersparadise. 45 cents Copyright  2005. of course. is “night”. figure out Hard Coin Puzzles the relationship of the first two words in the puzzle. First. The challenge is to figure out what the two b. Terry Stickels. 91 cents c. 2 : 5 : : dime : ? coins are. What are the This reads as. All rights reserved. Then look for an answer in the second part of the 25. 5 : 10 : : Jefferson : ? 28. one of the money amounts below is the only possibility of the total amount you could have. 1 : 5 : : penny : ? d. Sasha has two coins in her pocket. 36 cents d. Solve these coin analogies. . “White is to black as day is to ?” The answer. Four is the correct this puzzle – the answer may surprise you! answer. “Bicycle is to two as car is to ?” A bicycle chances that both coins are dimes? Be careful with has two wheels and a car has four. 49 cents b. She knows that at least one of the coins is a dime. White : black : : day : ? This reads as. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. If you have the same amount of pennies and nickels and no other coins. 27. An analogy is a kind of word puzzle. Here’s the challenge – figure out how much money you puzzle that will keep the same relationship. Here’s an would have if you took one fifth of one half of one example: seventh of 70 cents.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document.

Brenda and Curt together had 18¢. 1 • The nickel is not last. Here’s a fun game to try with family and friends. 4¢ on the third day. and the teacher only gave solid letter grades. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. Mindy had 80¢. dime. During the last semester. Martha has 41¢ in coins. A penny. Andy. How many A’s did Mindy 30.puzzlersparadise. Take 31. and Andy and Curt 10 together had 10¢. quarter for each A she received on a science test. From the clues below. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 9 29. All rights reserved. For 2¢ on the second day. There were six total tests. nickel.500 a 33. How many coins does Martha have? 34. Mindy had to give her fourth day. Brenda. • The dime is next to the penny. Terry Stickels. No two coins have the same receive? value.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. Mindy’s parents gave her a month or a job where you are paid 1¢ on the first day. and so on for a month? parents a dime. 2 3 32. Here’s the challenge – who had the least amount of money and how much did that person 7 8 9 have? Copyright  2005. Would you rather have a job that pays you $2. and quarter are arranged in a ten pennies and arrange them like so: straight line. 8¢ on the any grade lower than an A. . At the end of the semester. and Curt compared the amount of change each had at the bottoms of their backpacks. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. figure out the order the coins appear in from left to right. • The quarter is next to the nickel and the dime. They 4 5 6 learned that Andy and Brenda together had 12¢.

Good luck! The challenge is to figure out how many total dimes were contributed. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 10 Next. combinations of two coins each. purchasing special ribbon for a class project. Terry Stickels.21? Copyright  2005. Here’s a hint: What number divides evenly into $1. Now 35. Here’s the just like checkers – jump one coin over another and into challenge – figure out what two symbols should be on an empty space. Below are five cards that represent different the remaining pennies can “jump” over one another.21 toward by penny number 8. Here’s the first move: Move penny number 10 over penny number 9 so that it lands in the empty spot left 36. A group of students contributed $1. Now remove penny number 9. A penny is represented by a A nickel is represented by a A dime is represented by a A quarter is represented by a The five cards look like this: 8 The challenge in this game is to jump the pennies one at a time so there is only one penny left. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. remove penny number 8 to make a space. .puzzlersparadise. All rights reserved. Each student paid his or her share with the same two coins. jumped over. The jumps are There’s one card missing in the series. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. Then remove the penny that was just the sixth card.

or quarter? 37. green. 41. Terry Stickels. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. and yellow. two nickels. The children want the same color gum. He must place an odd number of coins in each cup. A total of thirteen pennies is put into three piles so that each pile has a different number of pennies. Here’s the challenge – how many different sums can Aman record? 38. writing the sum of their values and putting them back. Bill has four pennies to place in three cups of the same size. There are three different-colored gumballs – red. What is the most change you can have and not be able to make change for a nickel. A mother has two children who want bubble gum from a penny gumball machine. . The challenge is to figure out how this can be done. He continues taking out two combinations? coins at a time. this can be done in several ways. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. How many pennies will the mother have to put into the gumball machine to make sure that the children get gumballs of the same color? Copyright  2005.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 11 Challenging Coin Puzzles 39. one dime. All rights reserved. Aman has one penny. 40. Here’s the quarters in his pocket. and two Obviously. He takes out two coins and challenge – what is the fewest possible number of writes down the sum of their values and then puts them pennies in the largest pile of any of the possible back with the other coins.puzzlersparadise. dime.

all the way to 20¢. and then said. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 12 42. Terry Stickels. paper and write down the answer to this question: How much money would you have if you added 1¢ plus 2¢ plus 3¢. All rights reserved. by just looking. How in two rows in such a way that each row will have five was this possible? quarters. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. and so on.” “$2. Here’s the challenge – how many coins did Marcia have? Copyright  2005.10. to determine which coin is the lightest in just two • Bill has a dime. but you can’t tell has a dime. buy us both an ice-cream cone. 43. John’s teacher asked the class to take out a sheet of three coins in each of three different straight lines. One of the the challenge – figure out who has a quarter and who six coins weights less than the others. more money than that or neither of us will have an ice- cream cone!” Marcia had a $5 bill. weighings. and they both enjoyed their cone. Robert told his brother that he could put nine quarters the walk. You have six coins that all appear identical. and all Here’s a hint: Everyone has the ability to solve this but two are pennies. “I hope you have about it in a different way. 44. Marcia said. Using a balance scale.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. I’ll Without writing anything. Here’s 46. Two mothers and three daughters found six coins on 47. “If you can answer my riddle. 45.” He was right! How did John figure out the Here’s Marcia’s riddle: “I have several coins in my pocket.puzzlersparadise. • Bob has a dime. John quickly answered. How many coins do I have? puzzle as quickly as John did. Here’s the challenge – give yourself a minute and see if you can arrange these six coins so there are 48. Robert’s brother said that it couldn’t be done. Take six coins of any amount and lay them on a flat surface. You just have to think Kathy answered correctly. Two of the three statements below are false. . These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. answer to this question so quickly? All but two are quarters. all but two are dimes. They split the coins evenly among them. The challenge is to show Robert’s brother that he’s wrong. the challenge is • Bill has a quarter. Marcia and her friend Kathy were walking home from school.

com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. one half of ten is five. 2. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 13 Answers to EASY COIN PUZZLES: 3. The chances are one out of two.05.25. you’ll find that the total of the coins is $2. . Move coins 5 and 9 as indicated. Since every coin has two sides. the 4. which are worth $1.25. and of two. All rights reserved. The triangle is now a square! Not only will this move stop the nickel from winning. When you add 20¢ + 60¢ + $1. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. There are ten total coins. Copyright  2005. Six chance of it landing on either side is always one out dimes are worth 60¢. Here’s were you should place the dime: 1.puzzlersparadise. the chances still remain the same for each individual flip. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. That means there are five quarters. There are four nickels. which are worth 20¢. Terry Stickels. Although it may but the dime is now in a position where it ill win no seem unusual for a coin to land heads-up five times matter where the nickel moves next! in a row.

6. . Twenty nickels are worth $1. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit.00. Olivia received twenty nickels in the change. Copyright  2005.puzzlersparadise.00 and twenty dimes are worth $2. The triangle is now upside Q U A R T E P E N N R O down! U D N F E Q D I M E Z A A I I S O L M Y T O P Q R Y C N U R Q R D I M A T N K I W P A L L O D B E N I O E U I L N I C K O E Q C Q Z D O L L A D C P M N K A C I N O E I E L I E R E A L L O D M N Z D P D O L L A C I A L R Q P A O S K R N D I E G N A H C L B F G K Z Q M T R L F C D N L U W S R O V E A M I K C E G T U J N F P L O P N T Q N U A P E W R M N P R B E L Z Z U P T N B E S F C U R R E N C Y D L Y G Can you come up with another way to solve this puzzle? 7. All rights reserved. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. Move coins one and four. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 14 5. Terry Stickels.

com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. Approximately twelve and a half pennies stacked on 9. 3.50. or $1. 1. Here’s how to do it: 14. b. Copyright  2005. is the only city on the list that does top of one another is equal to the diameter of one not mint coins.puzzlersparadise. . Dallas. Terry Stickels. c. 13. d. 11. penny. 5. Franklin Roosevelt appears on the dime. b 15. 16. e. George Washington appears on the quarter.50. Texas. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. There are five pennies and one nickel in a dime. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 15 Answers to MEDIUM COIN PUZZLES: 8. 10. The coin in the middle rests on top of the other three coins. 12. You would have $1. There are ten nickels in a half-dollar. 4. a. 2. Thomas Jefferson appears on the nickel.00. a. Abraham Lincoln appears on the penny. There are 100 quarters in $25. c. All rights reserved. Since each second equals one cent. There are 120 seconds in two minutes and 30 seconds in one half of a minute. a. b. There are five pennies and two dimes in a quarter. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. 120 seconds + 30 seconds = 150 seconds.

20. Copyright  2005. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. add the three different amounts of pennies together and divide by three. To find the average. The hidden coins are in boldface below. If you add 1 + 4 + 7. Mark averaged 328 pennies a day. the answer is 12. four nickels. One piece of candy costs 55¢.47. Terry Stickels. but Elise pulled him away at quart tar tear tea are the last second. and the total was $1. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 16 17. then the number itself is divisible by three. Here’s the trick: If the total of the digits of any number is divisible by three. The answer is ten pennies.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. and 45¢. 21. 18. her worst fears were about to happen: nylons torn and broken high heels. eat at art truer err Her date was about to nick electrical wires sticking ate rare ear eat rat out from a light fixture. $1. but there are more! Elise was worried. the other costs 20¢. Here are fifteen words that can be made using the letters in the word quarter. Molly added 73¢. 23. Because of the poor lighting in How many did you find? the dim entry of the ballroom. Therefore.47 is also divisible by three. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. 29¢. and two dimes. . All rights reserved.puzzlersparadise. Here’s one way the puzzle can be completed: 19. 22. Twelve is divisible by three.

(President Thomas Jefferson is on the nickel and (Remember – one of the coins is a dime.) ? ? Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Out of three possibilities. One seventh of 70¢ is 10¢. One fifth of 5¢ is 1¢. All rights reserved. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. only one is of two dimes. . One is to five as dime is to half-dollar. quarter. Five is to ten as Jefferson is to Roosevelt. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 17 Answers to HARD COIN PUZZLES: 24. Roosevelt is on the dime.) 26. One is to five as penny is to nickel.) President Franklin D.puzzlersparadise.) c. (A penny is one fifth of a nickel.) 25. Let’s take a look at the possibilities. Two is to five as dime is to quarter. a. 10/25 = 2/5. three. One have the same relationship as a dime has to a half of 10¢ is 5¢. Terry Stickels. Copyright  2005. The chance that both coins are dimes is one in d. You would have 1¢. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. (Two and five it’s done backward. (A dime is one fifth of a half-dollar. This puzzle is easiest to solve if b.

coins is not a dime – but the other one is! She lost 35¢ each time she didn’t get an A (25¢ + 10¢). Eleven dimes were contributed. Andy has 2¢. you’d have a whopping $10. then Curt then there were eleven students in all. The missing card should look like this: right: The triangle and square stand for a dime and a quarter. Believe it or not. Move 2 to 9. 30. Can you find other ways? amount that is evenly divisible by six. Copyright  2005. contributed in all. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. 36. $1. the total amount must be divisible by six. If each student contributed 11 cents. Here’s how the coins should appear from left to 35. Move 1 to 4.50 was the most she could have earned (6 x 25¢). . Move 10 to 8.puzzlersparadise. So 28. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 18 27.50 less 70¢ (2 non-A’s) equals 80¢. 31. Move 10 to 8. The answer is c. you’d be a millionaire times ten if 3. Thirty-six cents is the only 34. $1. Here’s one way to do this.418. Martha has four coins: one penny. day. Move 3 to 10. 2. Move 7 to 9. All rights reserved. you opted for the second choice. One of the 33. amount of nickels and pennies. 36¢.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. The two coins are a quarter and a dime. one 7.23! 5. dime.737. 8. Move 9 to 7. By the thirtieth 4. one nickel. have 12¢ and Brenda and Curt have 18¢. That must mean that Curt dime and a penny – then eleven dimes were has 8¢ and Andy has 2¢. We also know that each student contributed the same two coins – a Andy and Curt have 10¢. 6. And since must have 6¢ more than Andy. Since there is an equal Mindy received four A’s. which is the only combination of the four coins that isn’t shown. 29. One dollar and twenty-one cents is evenly divisible Here’s one way to look at it: If Andy and Brenda by eleven. 32. 1. Terry Stickels. which is the least amount of money. Move 7 to 2. and one quarter.

10 2. 1¢ + 5¢ = 6¢ 5¢ + 5¢ = 10¢ This can happen in two different ways. a penny in cup 2. All rights reserved. This makes three people. Four pennies. Here’s a list of the different possibilities: 37. Therefore. One of the first two statements must be incorrect. 39. 7 1. the grandmother’s daughter. The two combinations 25¢ + 25¢ = 50¢ 10¢ + 25¢ = 35¢ showing the correct answer are underlined. Since one of those statements is false and we know 38. 3. Even if the mother gets three different-colored 1. Six is the smallest number in the biggest pile of any of 41. who has a daughter and is therefore a daughter and a mom. 4. Eight. and the daughter. and four pennies). Each received two coins. 2. 3. Six. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. 6 gumballs with the first three pennies. who is a daughter to her mother. . 8 3.puzzlersparadise. Bill has a dime. 5. 5. Now put cup 2 inside cup 3 and means that the third statement is false. Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. Bob has a quarter and Bill has a dime. 6 2. Bob does you’ll have an odd number of pennies in each cup! not have a dime. that pennies in cup 3. she will definitely get a match with the fourth penny! 1. 4. and two that two of the three statements are false. then he must have a quarter. 43. 9 2.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. 6 42. Out for a walk was a grandmother. four dimes. 69¢ (one quarter. the combinations. Copyright  2005. Terry Stickels. Here are 1¢ + 10¢ = 11¢ 5¢ + 10¢ = 15¢ the seven possible combinations showing the 1¢ + 25¢ = 26¢ 5¢ + 25¢ = 30¢ different values of each pile. Put a penny in cup 1. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 19 Answers to CHALLENGING COIN PUZZLES: 40. two of whom are mothers and all three of whom are daughters.

10. that there were ten pairs of money totals that Place one coin on one side of the scale and one coin equaled 21¢. Here’s how John came up with the answer. Terry Stickels. and one penny. and so on. Can you think of another? 45. He realized Now pick any two coins from the remaining three. Twenty-one cents times ten is $2. These puzzles may not be duplicated for personal profit. Marcia had three coins – one quarter. and 19¢. “Challenging Coin Puzzles” puzzle pack PAGE 20 44. 46. Copyright  2005. If the scale balances perfectly.puzzlersparadise. He Then put the other three coins on the other side of looked at the beginning amount of money (1¢) and the scale. on the other side. . Find more puzzle packs by Terry Stickels at: http://www. whichever side rises holds the light coin. He added those amounts rise. 48. Remove the three heavy coins from the other together for a total of 21¢. All rights reserved. Otherwise. Whichever side has the light coin will the end amount (20¢). Here’s the answer: 47. then the lightest coin is the one of the three you didn’t place on the scale. side of the scale so that you’re left with three He then noticed that he could do the same for 2¢ coins. and 3¢ and 18¢.com/ Permission is granted for personal use of this document. Pick any three coins to put on one side of the scale. Here’s one way to solve this coin puzzle. one dime. including the light one.