A ludicrous question about money...

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Believe me, it really is ludicrous.

I was just counting up all my spare change that I keep in a big jar, and noticed how much the jar weighed, and suddenly thought:

'What would the combined weight of all the coinage in Britain be if it was all added up?'

Got any ideas, anyone?

This is just the sort of nonsense that pops into my head, and prevents me from getting any work done.

See- I told you it was a ludicrous question....
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That is the most unbelievable question ever. I haven't a clue.
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Really, how could any of us know???
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Really, how could any of us know???
Perhaps some clever swine could figure it out...

Like I said, it's a ludicrous question...
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omgggggggggggg Dr_Death will not be happy with this! :eek:

edit: unless it is you! lol
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(Original post by DoctorDeath)
Believe me, it really is ludicrous.

I was just counting up all my spare change that I keep in a big jar, and noticed how much the jar weighed, and suddenly thought:

'What would the combined weight of all the coinage in Britain be if it was all added up?'

Got any ideas, anyone?

This is just the sort of nonsense that pops into my head, and prevents me from getting any work done.

See- I told you it was a ludicrous question....


Umm, couldn't you work out the amount of total gold/money in the UK, then find the mean of all the variations of coins weight, then times the Mean weight by the total number of coins/the mean coin??
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hmm yes cos not all british money is actually in the uk so you've got a bit of an issue there.. UK also accounts for owning a lot of foreign coinage, so with trading happening constantly you'd only be able to get an average, maybe you can find out the statistics on a website? However im not sure at all.
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(Original post by DoctorDeath)
Believe me, it really is ludicrous.

I was just counting up all my spare change that I keep in a big jar, and noticed how much the jar weighed, and suddenly thought:

'What would the combined weight of all the coinage in Britain be if it was all added up?'

Got any ideas, anyone?

This is just the sort of nonsense that pops into my head, and prevents me from getting any work done.

See- I told you it was a ludicrous question....
Looks to me like another good excuse for Year 11 Bus Studs group to invade the local railway station...

...stratified sample of commuters...
...remove the trousers of each...
...initial weight...
...weight after tipping small change out of pockets...
...multiply difference by total British working population...

...Argh! You've got me at it now. I won't get any work done either...

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average;

£20,000 per year per person

2001 population was 58,789,194

Total income; £1,175,783,880,000

Mean Weight approx 10g??

If so then total weight is approx; 1,175,783,880,000g

Does that look right?
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not all money is measured in coins, a lot are notes and also 'electronic money'
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How about...

Weights.....http://www.royalmint.com/talk/specifications.asp

multiplied by

Quantity.....http://www.royalmint.com/talk/coinagestats.asp

And no, I can't be bothered to do it!
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(Original post by danmint)
not all money is measured in coins, a lot are notes and also 'electronic money'

I know that. If you wanted me to include notes, i'd need to find the ratio of money in notes with the amount in coins, which is VERY hard. If you wanted me to include Virtual money as well then.....

So, if you want, half the value (or divide by 3) i have above, that might be better.
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(Original post by Col-C)
How about...

Weights.....http://www.royalmint.com/talk/specifications.asp

multiplied by

Quantity.....http://www.royalmint.com/talk/coinagestats.asp

And no, I can't be bothered to do it!

wohoo numbers to play with.....
I'm lazy so ill use averages.


Average = 6.8775g

Total coins = 25,691,000,000

Average * Total coins = 176,689,852,500,000g (approx)


ok, i was only 175,000,000,000,000 away from my original answer
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(Original post by saiyamana)
average;

£20,000 per year per person

2001 population was 58,789,194

Total income; £1,175,783,880,000

Mean Weight approx 10g??

If so then total weight is approx; 1,175,783,880,000g

Does that look right?
People don't get paid in coins!
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People don't get paid in coins!

Yea, that was without using any figures
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As of 31.12.03 there is approximately 133158.06 tonnes of UK currency in circulation.
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(Original post by danmint)
As of 31.12.03 there is approximately 133158.06 tonnes of UK currency in circulation.

Got a source for that figure??




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I knew someone would be of a mind to figure it all out!

Whether it's right or not is another matter, but I love silly questions! This is the type of thing my brain needs to exist within the mediocrity of the mainstream.

It's all good fun, isn't it?
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