How Many Coins Are in a Standard Roll of U.S. Coins?

Number of Rolls
Face Value

Penny or 1 Cent

Nickel or 5 Cents

Dime or 10 Cents

Quarter or 25 Cents

Half-Dollar or 50 Cents

One Dollar

Other Types of Rolled Coin

You may encounter rolls of coins that differ from the table above. These are created by private individuals or companies that vary from the standard roll sizes listed above. These include “half rolls” (half as many coins as a standard roll) and “double rolls” (twice as many coins as a standard roll). Coins distributed in these nonstandard roles do not carry any additional value.

Some television marketing companies will take ordinary coins and package them into nonstandard rolls. The coin rolls are then placed into fancy boxes or packaging to make them look expensive. This was a common practice with the Presidential Dollar coins. They may even include a “Bank Vaults Certificate” to prove that they are authentic. This is nothing more than a marketing scheme to bilk people out of their money.

The Canadian banking system follows the same standard roll sizes as the banking system in the United States. However, foreign countries standardize the roll sizes based upon the requirements of their baking system. This can vary from country to country.

How to Obtain Rolls of Coin From Your Bank

You can purchase standard rolls of the coin from your local bank with little or no problem. However, some banks have a policy that only customers can exchange paper money for rolls of coins. Additionally, some banks may put a limit or charge you for exchanging rolls of coins. Keep in mind, banks are not a government-owned institution and are in business in order to make a profit. They must employ people to operate the coin rolling machines and pay them a living wage. All this adds to the cost of preparing coin rolls.

The easiest way to obtain rolls of coins from your bank is to create a relationship with your bank. Get to know your bank tellers and the manager. If you have your accounts and banking services spread across several different banks, this will make it harder for you to obtain rolls of coin on a regular basis. The bank may actually insist that you open up a “commercial bank account” in order to obtain a large number of coin rolls.

What to Search for in Rolls of Coins

The following list is a description of coins that you can find in common coin roles that carry a premium over face value:

  • Penny: One cent coins dated 1958 or before (Wheat Pennies)
  • Nickels: Jefferson Nickels dated between 1942 and 1945 (35 percent silver) look for a large mint mark letter on the reverse above the building. Additionally, the 1950-D Jefferson nickel is the key to the series. it is especially valuable in uncirculated condition.
  • Dimes and quarters: Coins dated 1964 or before (90 percent silver)
  • Half-dollars: Kennedy Half Dollars dated 1964 and before (90 percent silver) and coins dated between 1965 and 1970 (40 percent silver)
  • Presidential Dollars: Presidential dollars had mintages of millions and some cases into the hundreds of millions of coins. Therefore, they are all common. However, a production error led to some coins missing the edge lettering. These can be worth up to $150 per coin.