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Nickel silver is an alloy made from 50 to 80 percent copper, 5 to 30 percent nickel, and 10 to 35 percent zinc. Although it is silvery in appearance, it is non-precious and contains no silver.


Nickel is silver white in color when the metal is in its natural form. Nickel compounds express in blue, green and yellow.


There are exactly 20 nickels in a dollar. Each individual nickel is worth 5 cents, and there are 100 cents in a dollar. Since 20 multiplied by 5 is equal to 100, there are 20 nickels per dollar.


It would take 20 million nickels to make $1 million. A United States nickel is worth five cents, so $1 is the equivalent of 20 nickels.


Valued at 5 cents each, 40 nickels combined are equal to the value of $2. Each dollar is worth the equivalent of 20 nickels. The nickel is one of five types of coins produced by law by the U.S. Mint.


Two-headed coins with a head on each side and no tail are novelties valued at only a few dollars. The U.S. Mint has built-in safeguards to prevent the production of two-headed coins, such as specially shaped dyes that can only be used in the proper orientation and position.


According to About.com, a standard roll of nickels contains 40 coins and is valued at $2. A standard roll of U.S. coins, also known as a shotgun roll, refers to one that has been wrapped with tamper-proof ends by a bank or a minting authority.


Today, the United States nickel coin is made of a 100 percent copper center, with a surface made of 25% nickel and 75% copper. But this wasn't always the case. In the past, the nickel was called a half disme and was made from silver. Disme is pronounced the same way as the word dime.


A pound of nickels is the equivalent of 90.7 nickels. Each nickel weighs 0.176 ounce. Since 16 ounces equals 1 pound, 16 must be divided by 0.176 to discover how many nickels are in a pound.


Black nickel plating involves the process of coating brass, bronze or steel objects with a thin layer of nickel by means of electrolysis. Black nickel plating produces a thin jet black finish.