How Many Grams Is a Nickel?


Quick Answer

As of 2014, a nickel weighs 5 grams according to the specifications set by the U.S. Mint. A nickel's metal composition is classified as cupronickel. It consists of 25 percent nickel and 75 percent copper.

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A U.S. nickel has a diameter of 0.835 inches and a thickness of 1.95 millimeters. The edge of the coin is plain and does not contain reeds, unlike the dime or quarter dollar coins. The United States first issued the nickel in 1886. Although the nickel has a face value of 5 cents, as of 2014, it cost approximately 9 cents to produce the coin.

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