Australia has six coins that are commonly used – 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1 and $2.

How many different ways can you make exactly 50 cents in Australian coins?

Scroll down for the answer!

This problem takes a bit of organising to make sure you cover all the possibilities. One way is to start with big coins and work down.

First, the easiest solution: one 50 cent coin

• 50

Next, there are two solutions with two 20 cent coins:

• 20, 20, 10

• 20, 20, 5, 5

There are four solutions with one 20 cent coin:

• 20, 10, 10, 10

• 20, 10, 10, 5, 5

• 20, 10, 5, 5, 5, 5

• 20, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

And finally, six solutions with no 20 or 50 cent coins:

• 10, 10, 10, 10, 10

• 10, 10, 10, 10, 5, 5

• 10, 10, 10, 5, 5, 5, 5

• 10, 10, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

• 10, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

• 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

So all up, there are 13 ways to make 50 cents!

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19 January, 2023 at 2:54 pm

doesn’t help if your not in Australia but no hate 🙂

5 April, 2023 at 9:28 am

*12 not 13

5 April, 2023 at 10:04 am

I forgot to dot point the 50 cent coin option! I’ll update it now