I am interested in any differences between the two nouns change and coins in actual usage. These nouns have different but similar meanings. I am only interested in the difference of the meaning of:
- change (n):
money in the form of coins
- coins (n):
small, flat, and usually round pieces of metal issued by a government as money
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary
The difference between these two definitions is not always clear for me. Are there slight differences or are these two terms 100% interchangeable?
What is the difference between:
a) I've got a $10 bill and about $3 in change.
b) I've got a $10 bill and about $3 in coins.
a) a pocketful of loose change
b) a pocketful of loose coins
a) The beggar asked us if we had any spare change. [=a small amount of money that we did not need]
b) The beggar asked us if we had spare coins. [=a small amount of money that we did not need]
a) Have you got any change for this note?
b) Have you got coins for this note?
a) I had no change for the parking meter so I didn't pay.
b) I had no coins for the parking meter so I didn't pay.
a) gold/silver/copper coins
b) gold/silver/copper change
a) I have a dollar in coins.
b) I have a dollar in change.
a) He collects coins from around the world.
b) He collects change from around the world.