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I have four coins, all of which are United States currency, on my desk. Some of these coins are face up, and the rest are face down. I know the following facts about the four coins:

1) Each of the four coins is just less than 2 centimeters in diameter.

2) The oldest coin of the four is from 1983.

3) From my perspective (i.e. yours as well), I can see four different drawings on each of the four coins.

4) From my perspective (i.e. yours as well), I can see 7 letter M's.

Your task is to identify each of the four coins and specify whether they are face-up or face-down.

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  • $\begingroup$ "From my perspective (i.e. yours as well), I can see 7 letter M's." Do you mean that they're upright facing you? Or can they be facing another side of the desk? $\endgroup$ – msh210 Jul 23 at 5:02
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I don't know USA coins, but:

Only 10¢ and 1¢ are less than 2 centimeters in diameter, so I guess it could be just:
(1) 1 (2) 2
(3) 3 (4) 4
(5) 5
So if I can see it correctly, it has to be 1,3 and 4. First has 3 x M, third and fourth both 2 x M, so in total 7 x M. Last coin can be second or last one.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure you went to Wikipedia to find these, that's where I went too, as I don't know US coins either. There are 4 missing designs for the 1¢ coins (dated of 2009), Wikipedia lists them but doesn't show them. They could be relevant for the solution, they all have 2 M lincolncents.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/… $\endgroup$ – Dorian Fusco Jul 23 at 8:11
  • $\begingroup$ But the first coin, for example, has its three Ms facing three different directions. The OP mentioned in a comment on the question that they're all facing the same direction. $\endgroup$ – msh210 Sep 15 at 13:22

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