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A nickel is an American coin that looks like this and is worth 5¢ (five cents).

Mathematical background

The use of coins in a mathematics classroom serves two purposes. Getting to know the coins is, itself, valuable to students. Further, figuring out the value of a collection of coins is a good exercise in elementary addition for young students, one that encourages strategic choice of order of adding in new coins.

See also

  • penny
  • dime
  • quarter
  • dollar