# Question: you have a bag of silver coins each coin weighing...

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You have a bag of silver coins, each coin weighing 17 ounces of silver. A merchant has a bag of silver coins, each weighing 11 ounces. You wish to pay the merchant 542 ounces of silver. How many 17-ounce coins should you give the merchant, and how many 11-ounce coins should the merchant give to you? What is the smallest amount of coins that can be exchanged in this transaction?