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10-11-2009, 03:13 PM
been Reading up on something and it states many times about using the thickness of a nickle or a dime.
Problem is, I'm in the UK and don't have either coin readily available to use as a guide.

Is anyone from the states able to help me out with sizes?
If it looks like I'll need these measurements a lot, I will cover postage and whatever the coins are worth for someone to send me one of each over.

Talk about hassle! :tongue:

thanks in advance.

Ps: ignore the grammer, I'm using my phone!

10-11-2009, 04:02 PM
Go to your local bank and get an exchange rate for coming overseas :tongue:

But, here ya go, at least according to my dial micrometer... in inches (sorry):

Silver Dollar: .100
Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin : .08
quarter: .06
dime: .0495
nickle: .0775
penny: .0515

Those last three are approximates - my dial scale doesn't go down that small past the hundredths mark, but I'm pretty good at estimating the fractionals.

10-11-2009, 04:46 PM
Cheers Rick,
I'll see if I can convert that to mm's and see if its exact enough.

Thanks for the help!

I tried the foreign exchange this morning, they want me to exchange a large amount to get what I need, they won't just do the dime and nickle! :nonono:

10-11-2009, 04:48 PM
I make the following:
Anyone want to confirm or deny? :crylol:

0.495 inches = 12.57300 millimetres

0.775 inches = 19.68500 millimetres

I think its going to difficult to get the adjustments to exactly these figures but at least I'm not shooting in the dark now! I have the numbers.

Thanks again Rick.

10-11-2009, 05:06 PM

0.495 inches = 12.57300 millimetres :: DENIED - that's close to a half inch. The mm should be roughly 1.2573mm (.0495)

0.775 inches = 19.68500 millimetres :: DENIED - that's over 3/4 of an inch. The mm should be roughly 1.9685mm (.0775)


Conversions courtesy of http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/length_conversion.php

Better now, Dan? :cheers:

Big Birds Car
10-11-2009, 05:16 PM
Dan .0 not.

10-11-2009, 05:26 PM
:rofl: BB... is that Dan 0, US coins 2?

Just pickin' on ya, buddy!

10-11-2009, 06:08 PM
must be.
I used google and exactly what google came out with is whats written in the post above.

GOOGLE FAIL!!! :coat:

Looks like I need to get my hands on one of each coin to be sure :rofl:

The measurement thing has pickled my brain already, especially now :bleh:

10-11-2009, 07:02 PM
:wink: Take my word for it, Dan. Those last measurements are accurate!

10-11-2009, 07:32 PM
Dan .0 not.
Just spotted my mistake, cheers Paul makes sense now!

10-11-2009, 07:54 PM
Just used your measurements Rick, well I rounded them up to the nearest mm so it was easier to do using a tape measure and its spot on.

Cheers, helped me out a whole lot!

10-11-2009, 08:05 PM
If you are on the blag for a nickel and a dime I think I have a few spare in my coin collection if you really need them. Of course, you could just use feeler guages.

10-11-2009, 08:36 PM
:group: Remind me to put a few odd pieces in the mail next time I send something over!

10-11-2009, 10:00 PM
It's to set up two machines I have here, they need fine clearances, been advised that the ideal clearance is the depth of a nickle for one and a dime for the other.
I've got it set up near enough, also had a look around and the only US currency I have here is a penny (I think).

I know I've been given them in my change before from different shops but never hang on to them as they are useless to me, or so I thought!

Unfortunately, I don't have any feeler gauges in my ownership, really should invest in some!

10-11-2009, 10:50 PM
I may have a dime and a nickel in my foreign bank bag, small coins collected by the family from all over the globe