Problem #79: Boxed In

Three boxes contain two coins each. One contains two nickels, one contains two dimes, and one contains a dime and a nickel. All three boxes are mislabeled. (Each contains the label of one of the other two boxes.) If you are permitted to take out only one coin at a time, how many must you take out in order to be able to label all three boxes correctly?
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