MONEYCULE
a PLAYCHEM experiment
A Molecular Weight and Molecular Structure Analog

There is rumored to be a corner of space (the corner of a cubic galaxoid) in which money attracts money. American coins join together to form MONEYCULES, clusters of coins held together by GREED. As the value of a coin increases, so does the greed associated with it. A penny has 1 greed, a nickel two, a dime two or three and a quarter four.  Maximum greed for a coin appears to be approximated by the suare root of it value in cents.
To form a stable moneycule, each greed on one coin must be paired up with a greed on another coin. Unlike chemistry, an unshared   greed on any coin is not allowed. All greed must be paired up with a greed of another coin. 
In analogy with chemistry, the sharing of greed between two coins is referred to as a bond. Also a penny is referred to as "monovalent", a quarter "tetravalent", a nickel "divalent" and a dime can be either di- or trivalent.
Moneycules, once formed, are very stable and do not dissociate or rearrange readily. Although they are easier to visualize as planar species, moneycules can easily take on three dimensional forms. In three dimensions, the flat coins act as if they are spheres.
Moneycules are also  quite flexible so  that heads or tails makes no difference, they easily flip to the other side.
Also cis and trans isomers do not exist. Unlike electrons which repel each other strongly, greed does not repel other greed. Therefore the coins in a moneycule act as freely rotating spheres, even around multiple bonds.
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The moneycules in the illustrations above, are all isomers of Q3D2N2P3, a $1.08 moneycule. A has 8 single bonds, 2 double bonds and a ring. B has 7 single bonds a triple bond and a double bond. C has the same number of each type of bond but a different coin arrangement. In all three moneycules, there is one divalent dime and one trivalent dime.
One can also form a number of other moneycules which are not isomers but have the same moneycular value, $1.08. For example Q4P8, Q2D5P8 and QD5N6P3. However, Q4NP3 does not exist.

 

Late Breaking News  3/18/04 
Although moneycules,  at first glance, may seem  useless and perhaps even ridiculous, there is some interest  to produce "stacked moneycules", that is a moneycule which looks like a stack of coins.
The potential for stacked moneycules is infinitely beyond overwhelming!  Rather than using the current coin counting and wrapping machines, coins could be shipped to areas of high greed and stacked and wrapped using this new technology.
This technique is particularly suited for stacking dimes, where the multiple valence allows the capping of a stack of 50 coins.  Nickels and Quarters can stack but capping, without introducing an impurity such as a penny, is currently not possible.  Electrolytic reduction of capping nickels to the 1 greed state and quarters to the 3 greed state may solve this problem. Unfortunately, this technique cannot be applied to stacking  pennies

RWK 1997