How Many Grams Does a Penny Weigh?


Quick Answer

As of 2014, one U.S. penny weighs 2.5 grams and is made of 2.5 percent copper plating that covers a core of zinc. One penny is 19.05 millimeters in diameter and 1.52 millimeters thick.

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By comparison, a nickel weighs exactly twice as much as a penny. The dime is the lightest coin minted by the U.S. government at 2.268 grams. A quarter is 5.670 grams, a half dollar weighs 11.34 grams and a $1 coin is 8.1 grams. As of 2014, the U.S. Mint has produced more than 6 billion pennies, which is more than any other circulating U.S. coin.

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