Table of Contents

There are 40 individual nickels in one standard roll of nickels. That’s 2 dollars of nickels.

**How Much is a Roll of Nickels Worth?**

A roll of nickels is worth two dollars.

There are 40 nickels in a roll of nickels, each of which is worth 5 cents. Multiply 40 nickels by 5 cents, and you have $2.

**How Much Does a Roll of Nickels Weigh?**

A roll of nickels weighs 200 grams, which equals 0.4409 pounds.

All modern-day nickels weigh precisely 5 grams, which equals 0.17637 ounces. That means that a roll of 40 nickels ($2) weighs 200 grams, equal to 7.0548 ounces, plus the negligible weight of the paper wrapper itself. In terms of pounds, one roll of nickels weighs 0.4409 pounds.

If you need to know the roll’s total weight, including the wrapper, check with the coin wrapper manufacturer or weigh the empty coin wrapper yourself. That’s because the weight of a paper roll varies by manufacturer.

While a coin wrapper’s weight might vary, a nickel never nickel does! It’s always 5 grams.

**How Much Does a Roll of Nickels Cost**

A roll of regular nickels costs two dollars. That’s because there are 40 individual nickels worth 5 cents each in a roll of nickels.

**How Many Rolls of Nickels are in a Box?**

A standard box of nickels contains 50 rolls of nickels. There are 40 nickels in a single roll of coins, so there are 2,000 nickels worth $100 in one standard box of nickels.

**Nickel Roll Converter**

You can use our Nickel Roll Converter to quickly convert nickel rolls to the exact number of nickels plus find their value.

We typed in an example of one nickel roll, which has 40 individual nickels in it. That answers the question of “how many nickels in a roll”.

How much are the 40 nickels worth? If you answered $2, you’d be correct again.

To use our converter, enter how many rolls of nickels you have. The converter then does the rest.

**Why Use Coin Rolls? **

Paper coin rolls make it much easier to count, transport, and keep track of nickels. You would need to carry them around in bags if you did not have them in rolls. That’s not very convenient for retailers, banks, or coin roll hunters dealing in large quantities of coins.

Remember that there are 40 individual nickels in one paper coin roll. If you handled many nickels and didn’t keep them rolled, it would take you 40 times longer to count your coins.

Banks and businesses handle large volumes of coins, so the time saved by using coin rolls quickly adds up. Banks and companies started using automated coin wrapping machines beginning in 1913. These machines make the wrapping process even faster.

Besides making life simpler for banks and businesses, coin rolls are a favorite of coin collectors. Why? There are two reasons.

First, coin collectors need to store their nickels. Paper rolls are an excellent way of organizing the nickels by year, rarity, errors, and other unusual features.

Second, coin collectors enjoy the thrill of searching through rolls of nickels for a hidden gem that’s worth more than its face value. This hobby is called ‘coin roll hunting,’ which we cover in this article.

**Who Invented Coin Rolls?**

While the person who invented the paper coin wrapper is unknown they’re believed to have been used by banks several hundred years ago. In fact, old shipwrecks have been discovered with stacks of coins that originally were held together by a paper wrapper.

Charles S. Batdorf patented the first automatic coin wrapping machine in 1913. His invention sped up the process of coin wrapping, as his machine was much faster than humans were at this task.

As a result of Batdorf’s invention, coin rolls came into widespread use in the early 20th century. That was good news for banks and stores that used large numbers of coins because they no longer had to employ people to wrap coins by hand.

Interestingly, original machine-wrapped bank rolls from the early 20th century can be worth far more than their face value or silver content. Why? It’s because original bank wrapped roll coins are scarce and are a collectible item.

**Where Do Rolls of Nickels Come From?**

Nickels are born at the United States Mint when they are formed, or struck, in a coining press. These new, uncirculated nickels are then put into bags for transportation to a rolling and distribution center.

The bags of nickels are then converted into rolls of nickels at the rolling center, after which they are wrapped and stored in coin boxes.

Next, the boxes of nickels are sent by armored truck to regional Federal Reserve Banks’ depository institutions. From there, they are sent to other banks to be used by businesses and individual bank customers.

**Where Can I Buy Coin Wrappers?**

There are two types of coin wrappers, each of which has pros and cons.

The first type is the flat paper wrapper which is inexpensive, but they can be more time-consuming to roll coins. Amazon sells 400 flat coin wrappers for $8.49. That’s around 2 cents each.

The second type of wrapper is a pre-formed, tube-style wrapper that comes crimped on one end. While these wrappers are more expensive than flat wrappers, they are easier and faster to fill. Amazon sells them in packs of 100 for $6.99, which is around 7 cents each.

Coin wrappers are often stocked at Walmart, Dollar Tree, other dollar stores, Target, CVS, and Walgreens.

Some banks will provide coin wrappers to their customers free of charge.

**How Do I Roll Nickels?**

Rolling coins with paper rolls is a simple task that requires a flat surface and some time. We recommend using pre-formed tube-style coin wrappers to save time rolling unwanted coins. However, you can also use flat coin wrappers.

**How to hand roll coins**

First, put all your coins on a flat surface such as a table, countertop, or floor.

Next, separate your coins into piles by denomination.

Then, put the correct number of coins into each type of paper roll. If you’re using flat coin wrappers, you will first need to crimp one end of the wrapper. To make sure you put in the correct number of coins for each type, use this handy list for a breakdown for each coin type:

- Penny roll: 50 per $0.50 penny roll
- Nickel roll: 40 per $2.00 nickel roll
- Dime roll: 50 per $5.00 dime roll
- Quarter roll: 40 per $10.00 quarter roll
- Kennedy Half Dollars roll: 20 per $10.00 Kennedy half dollar rolls
- Dollar Coin roll: 25 per $25.00 dollar coin roll.
- Small dollar coin roll: 25 per $25.00 small dollar coin roll
- Silver dollars rolls: 20 per roll
- $2.50 Gold quarter eagle coin rolls: 40 per Golden quarter eagle roll
- $5 Gold half eagle coin rolls: 40 per Golden Half Eagle Roll
- $10 Gold eagle coin rolls: 40 per Golden Eagle roll
- $20 Gold eagle coin rolls: 50 per Golden Eagle Roll

After you’ve finished wrapping rolls of coins, seal the coin roll by crimping the open end. Fold the sides of the wrapper over until you the coins are covered.

**How to use a coin rolling machine**

If you need to roll many coins, consider purchasing a coin rolling machine to save time. They’re the easiest way to roll coins at home. These machines not only fill the paper rolls quickly; they sort them too!

Put your coins in the hopper, and turn the machine on. It will sort and fill the tubes. Then, you take the rolls out and seal the wrapper ends.

The best coin rolling machines are made by Royal Sovereign. They’re fast, have good reviews, and there’s a machine for every budget.

**Coinstar: An Alternative to Rolling Nickels**

You can turn your coins into cash or an eGift card by using Coinstar. Their coin counting machine will turn your change into cash, eGift cards for many popular online stores, or other items for a fee. You can also choose to donate your coins to charity!

**How does Coinstar work?**

Using their machine’s screen, choose whether you want cash or a gift voucher. Then put your coins into the hopper, which will quickly be counted. It will then either print a receipt or an eGift card voucher, depending on your selected option. If you chose the cash option, the cashier at the store’s customer service desk would exchange the receipt for cash.

**How much does Coinstar charge?**

The fees for using Coinstar can vary depending on the location and whether you would like cash or eGift card. Some of their kiosks let you exchange coins for an eGift card free of charge.

If you want cash, there is an 11.9% fee. That means for every $10 in nickels, Coinstar will take $1.19, leaving you with $8.81.

**How to find a Coinstar location near me?**

If you want to find a Coinstar machine near you, they’ve made the process simple with their ‘Find a Kiosk’ tool.

To find the nearest Coinstar location to you, use their ‘find a kiosk’ tool at https://www.coinstar.com/findakiosk. Enter your address or zip code to see nearby locations. Most of their kiosks are in supermarkets and grocery stores.

**Where Can I Find Rolls Of Coins?**

If you need coins for your business, your best choice will be to get them at your local bank.

Coin roll hunters want to maximize the chance of finding rare coins and those worth more than their melt value. While you can always ask for rolls of coins at your local bank, you might have better luck finding valuable coins by asking for coin rolls at convenience stores, video arcades, laundromats, and car washes.

The US Mint also accepts orders for rolls of coins in circulation, rather than new ones, through their ‘Circulating Coin Bulk Purchase Program‘.

**Banks**

A good source of coin rolls is local banks. Banks receive their coins from the United States Mint’s rolling and distribution centers, which ship them in boxes of coin rolls.

Bank tellers will provide customers with rolls of coins on request, but the bank may limit the number of rolls that you can ask for.

If you need rolls of dollar coins or half-dollar coins, banks will typically order them for you as they don’t keep them in the vaults at their local branches.

Some banks will allow non-customers to exchange cash for coin rolls. However, many require you to have a bank account with them. If you request coin rolls regularly, you might even be asked to open a commercial bank account. If you run into issues like this, consider doing coin roll runs at several different banks.

If you’re friendly with your local bank teller, you can ask them to tell you when they receive older coin rolls from customers as the odds of finding silver coins in them are higher.

**US Mint**

The US Mint offers a “Circulating Coin Bulk Purchase Program” for those who need lots of change. To place an order, call them at 1-800-872-6468, shop online at their website, or send them an email at [email protected]

**Convenience Stores**

If you’re hunting for rare coins, you can try your local convenience store. They have plenty of coins on hand to make change for customers who pay in cash.

**Coin Roll Hunting**

While rolls of nickels that come straight from a mint are new and ‘uncirculated’, most nickels in circulation are not new as they last for decades. Coin roll hunters look for rare coins, error coins, and coins with a melt value that’s more than their face value. Collectible coins can be put into paper or plastic coin rolls.

**What are silver war nickels?**

Silver war nickels contain 35% silver and are a favorite of collectors. They were produced in the United States between 1942 and 1945 to conserve metals, such as nickel, that was critical for the war effort.

These nickels contain 35% silver, 56% copper, and 9% manganese. Before and after these dates, nickels were made from 75% copper and 25% nickel. If you search through enough change, you will eventually find a silver war nickel!

To tell if you have a silver war nickel, first check the years. Only nickels minted between 1942 and 1945 contain silver. Next, on the reverse side of the coin, see if a D, P, or S mint mark is above the engraving of Jefferson’s Monticello estate. Only silver nickels have the mintmark on the reverse above Monticello; regular nickels have the mintmark on the coin’s front.

**What are silver war nickels worth?**

Silver nickels are worth more than their face value of 5 cents due to their 35 percent silver content.

For example, a 1944 nickel is 35% silver, which means it contains 0.05626 troy ounces of silver worth $1.43 in 2021. That’s much more than the coin’s 5 cent face value! If you find enough of them, you can even make a little money with your hobby.

**How many ounces of silver are in a roll of silver war nickels?**

There are 3.617 troy ounces of silver in a roll of silver war nickels. How did we calculate that? You can follow our math below:

5 grams per pre-1965 nickel x 35% silver = 1.75 grams silver in one silver nickel

1.75 grams silver x 40 nickels in a roll = 70 grams silver = 2.4692 ounces = 2.2506 troy ounces.

**How much is a roll of silver war nickels worth?**

A roll of silver war nickels is worth $57.37 in 2021.

**What other coins should I look for?**

There are many interesting collectible nickels, some of which are relatively affordable to the average collector. The rarest nickel of them all, though, is the 1942-S with a reverse of the 1941 date. There’s only one that’s been found!

The 1942-S with a reverse of the 1941 date was thought to have been created when the US Mint was doing a test using 1941 blanks, known as planchets, while switching over to the silver war nickel. While only one has been found to date, it’s possible that there are more out there waiting to be discovered.

Besides looking for silver nickels, dimes, and quarters, you can look for rare coins that will fetch top dollar at auction. Pennies are a favorite since they’re easy to obtain and are prone to errors when they’re struck. Since these errors make penny cent pieces worth more than their total face value of 1 cent, they are a good target for treasure hunters.

Just how much can a rare penny error be worth? If you’re lucky enough to find a 1969-S Double Die Inverse in good condition, you could walk away with $75,000. That’s 7,500,000 times its face value! The ‘S’ standards for San Francisco, which is the mint mark.

Another popular and more common penny error is the 1987 Double Die Penny. These cent pieces have doubling on the design because a penny coin die was created imperfectly in a device called a hub. While they’re not worth as much as the 1969-S Double Die, they’re a common coin to find and can be worth $25 or more. The rarest form of the 1987 Double Die Penny awarded the highest grade by the Professional Coin Grading Service can sell at auction for almost $2,000.

Collectors also enjoy searching for the Indian head penny and the Lincoln wheat penny.

**Frequently Asked Questions About Nickels**

In this section, we answered many of your most frequently asked questions about nickels.

**How much is a pound of nickels worth?**

A pound of nickels is worth $4.536.

An individual nickel weighs 5 grams, which is 0.17637 ounces. Since there are 16 ounces in one pound, there are 90.72 nickels in a pound of nickels. This relationship can be helpful if you weigh large quantities of nickels and need a shortcut to find the value of the coins.

**Are nickels magnetic?**

No, nickels are not magnetic even though they are made from a nickel-copper alloy.

Nickel-copper alloys only become magnetic when the Nickel content is greater than 56%. Since nickels only contain 25% nickel, they are not magnetic.

**Can a bank refuse to take rolled coins?**

Yes, a bank can refuse to take rolled coins and loose coins.

They can refuse because depositing coins into an account or exchanging them for dollar bills is not a purchase. The legal tender rule does not apply.

While most banks do accept rolled coins, others don’t. Banks that often don’t take rolled coins are often ‘cashless’ banks.

Banks that commonly accept rolled coins tend to be full-service traditional banks and those with business customers.

**Do banks weigh rolled coins?**

While most banks do not weigh you the rolls of coins you deposit with them, some do. Banks that weigh coins typically do so if they don’t have a coin counter or want or as deterrence for dishonest customers.

**What are the different types of American nickels?**

The four types of American nickels that have been minted and circulated are the Shield, Liberty Head (“V”), Buffalo Nickel (Indian Head), and the modern-day Jefferson nickel.

**What are the dimensions of a nickel?**

A nickel is 0.835 inches in diameter and has a thickness of 0.07677 inches.

You can use the physical thickness of a coin to verify whether a roll contains the correct amount or not.

**What is the volume of a nickel?**

The volume of a single nickel is 0.04204 cubic inches.

**How long is a roll of nickels?**

Modern-day nickels are 1.95 mm thick, which is equal to 0.07677 inches. If we stacked the 40 nickels in a coin roll starting from the ground, our nickels would reach 3.0709 inches tall.

That means a $2 roll of nickels is 3.0709 inches long, plus the length of the crimped paper ends. If you want to check the size yourself, use a ruler or tape measure.

The same idea applies if you want to know how thick a roll of nickels is. A single roll of 40 nickels is 3.0709 inches wide and worth $2.

**How thick are 40 nickels?**

40 nickels are 3.0709 inches thick when stacked together. If you prefer metric units, that’s the same as 7.8 centimeters.

**How Much Copper and Nickel are in One Roll of Nickels?**

Nickels are primarily copper but also contain nickel. To be precise, modern-day nickels are 75% copper and 25% nickel. It wasn’t always this way, though! Between 1942 and 1945, nickels were 35% silver, 56% copper, and 9% manganese.

In one roll of modern nickels, there are 150 grams of copper and 50 grams of nickel. If you prefer to work in ounces, that’s 5.29 ounces of copper and 1.76 ounces of nickel.

What hasn’t changed is that each nickel is still worth precisely 5 cents.

**Is five cents a dime?**

No, five cent coins are nickels.

A dime has a ten cents face value.

**How many nickels are in a $2 roll?**

There are 40 nickels in a two-dollar roll of nickels.

**How much is 25 rolls of nickels in dollars?**

25 rolls of nickels are worth 50 dollars.

To find this answer, multiply $2 per roll of nickels times 25 rolls of nickels, which equals $50.

**How many nickels is $6?**

There are 120 nickels in six dollars.

In each dollar, there are 20 nickels. To find how many nickels are in a dollar amount, multiply 20 nickels by the number of dollars. Here $6 times 20 nickels/dollar = 120 nickels.

120 nickels fit inside three standard nickel rolls.

**How many nickels are in $10?**

There are five rolls of nickels in ten dollars, which is 200 individual nickels.

**How many nickels are the in twenty dollars?**

There are 400 nickels in $20.

Since there are 40 nickels worth $2 in each roll of nickels, there are ten rolls of nickels in $20.

**How many nickels are in 24 dollars?**

There are 480 nickels in $24.

To verify this yourself, multiply 24 dollars by 20 nickels/dollar for an answer of 480 nickels.

**How many nickels are there in 25 dollars?**

There are 500 nickels in $25.

The math looks like this: 25 dollars times 20 nickels/dollar = 500 nickels.