US Coin Melt Values

Current Intrinsic Metal Value of Coins

Much of the prices on our site are based on numismatic values, which are frequently worth many times more than the intrinsic metal value of the coin itself. As of late, the prices of copper, silver and especially gold have increased by huge amounts, which have a major impact on the worth of the coin. The melt value of a coin is basically what the metal of the coin is worth if you were to melt the coins down. Even if you have a totally ruined coin, it's metal content is still worth something, especially if it is made out of precious rare metals like gold, silver and platinum. This page will show you the melt value of every US coin type, including modern clad composite coins as well. Click here to view our coin melt value calculators to calculate the melt value of your coins.

A few important notes I should make is that melting coins is illegal and we do NOT endorse it. The information here is educational and is just showing you what type of metals are used to make these coins and how much that metal is worth in an intrinsic point of view. If you would like to view the numismatic values of these coins, just click on the link next to the coin type to be taken to the numismatic price charts and view additional data about each coin. Also, the numismatic values for gold and silver coins are now "pegged" to the daily market exchange rates of gold and silver and the prices will update accordingly and regularly when the market prices change.

Current Precious and Base Metal Bullion Spot Prices:

Updated Live! Gold, Silver, Platinum and Copper. Updated Daily: Nickel, Zinc and Manganese.
As of July 25 2016 12:45 PM CDT:
Gold: $1321.30 per Ounce
Silver: $19.67 per Ounce
Platinum: $1084.40 per Ounce
Copper: $2.23 per Pound
Nickel: $4.73 per Pound
Zinc: $1.03 per Pound
Manganese: $1496.86 per Ton

Image Type Description Metal Content Composition Weight Denomination Melt Value
Half Cents
Liberty Cap Half CentsLiberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)100% Copper6.74 grams$0.005$0.0331
Draped Bust Half CentsDraped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0267
Classic Head Half CentsClassic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0267
Braided Hair Half CentsBraided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0267
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large CentsFlowing Hair Large Cents (1793)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0663
Liberty Cap Large CentsLiberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0663
Draped Bust Large CentsDraped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0535
Classic Head Large CentsClassic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0535
Coronet Liberty Head Large CentsCoronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0535
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large CentsBraided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0535
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small CentsFlying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0223
Indian Head Cent Small CentsIndian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0223
Indian Head Cent Small Cents Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0149
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small CentsLincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0149
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small CentsLincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0149
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2008)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0058
Lincoln Bicentennial Cents Lincoln Bicentennial Cents (2009)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0058
Lincoln Shield Cent Small CentsLincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0058
Two Cents
 Two Cents Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc6.22 grams$0.02$0.0298
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three CentsSilver Three Cents (1851-1873)75% Silver - 25% Copper0.8 grams$0.03$0.3804
Nickel Three Cent Three CentsNickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)75% Copper - 25% Nickel1.94 grams$0.03$0.0122
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half DimesFlowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.7549
Draped Bust Half DimesDraped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1805)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.7606
Capped Bust Half DimesCapped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.7690
Seated Liberty Half DimesSeated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.7633
Nickels
Shield NickelsShield Nickels (1866-1883)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0315
Liberty NickelsLiberty Nickels (1883-1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0315
Buffalo NickelsBuffalo Nickels (1913-1938)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0315
Jefferson Nickels Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese5 grams$0.05$1.1212
Jefferson NickelsJefferson Nickels (1938-2003)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0315
Westward Journey Nickels Jefferson Westward Journey Nickels (2004-2005)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0315
Jefferson Nickel Return to Monticello Jefferson 'Return to Monticello' Nickels (2006 - Present)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0315
Dimes
Draped Bust DimesDraped Bust Dimes (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.5211
Capped Bust DimesCapped Bust Dimes (1809-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.5381
Seated Liberty DimesSeated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.67 grams$0.10$1.5210
Barber DimesBarber Dimes (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.4241
Mercury DimesMercury Dimes (1916-1945)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.4241
Roosevelt DimesRoosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.4241
Roosevelt Dimes Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel2.27 grams$0.10$0.0122
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)90% Silver - 10% Copper5 grams$0.20$2.8483
Quarters
Draped Bust QuartersDraped Bust Quarters (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.7972
Capped Bust QuartersCapped Bust Quarters (1815-1838)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.8395
Seated Liberty QuartersSeated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.68 grams$0.25$3.8053
Barber QuartersBarber Quarters (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.5604
Standing Liberty QuartersStanding Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.5604
Washington QuartersWashington Quarters (1932-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.5604
Washington Quarters Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0305
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters (1975-1976)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0305
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters 40% Silver (1975-1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper5.75 grams$0.25$1.4715
50 States and Territories Quarters50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0305
America The Beautiful QuartersAmerica The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0305
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$7.5944
Draped Bust Half DollarsDraped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$7.5944
Capped Bust Half DollarsCapped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$7.6790
Seated Liberty Half DollarsSeated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper13.36 grams$0.50$7.6106
Barber Half DollarsBarber Half Dollars (1892-1915)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1207
Walking Liberty Half DollarsWalking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1207
Franklin Half DollarsFranklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1207
Kennedy Half DollarsKennedy Half Dollars (1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1207
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)40% Silver - 60% Copper11.5 grams$0.50$2.9430
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel11.34 grams$0.50$0.0610
Dollars
Flowing Hair DollarsFlowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$15.1888
Draped Bust Dollars   Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1804)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$15.1888
Gobrecht DollarsGobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.8 grams$1.00$15.0986
Seated Liberty Dollars   Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$15.2269
Trade DollarsTrade Dollars (1873-1885)90% Silver - 10% Copper27.22 grams$1.00$15.5060
Morgan DollarsMorgan Dollars (1878-1921)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$15.2269
Peace DollarsPeace Dollars (1921-1935)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$15.2269
Eisenhower DollarsEisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel22.68 grams$1.00$0.1219
Eisenhower Dollars Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper24.59 grams$1.00$6.2929
Susan B Anthony DollarsSusan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0435
Sacagawea DollarsSacagawea Dollars (2000-present)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0385
Presidential DollarsPresidential Dollars (2007-2016)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0385
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold DollarsLiberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$63.9259
Small Indian Head Gold DollarsSmall Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$63.9259
Large Indian Head Gold DollarsLarge Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$63.9259
Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle
Turban Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleTurban Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1796-1807)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper4.37 grams$2.50$170.9011
Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCapped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808-1834)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper4.37 grams$2.50$170.9011
Classic Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleClassic Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1834-1839)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper4.18 grams$2.50$159.9459
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCoronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$159.8148
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleIndian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$159.8148
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper5.015 grams$3.00$191.7395
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper7 grams$4.00$253.0952
Gold $5 Half Eagle
Turban Head Gold $5 Half EagleTurban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1795-1807)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$342.1934
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half EagleCapped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1834)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$342.1934
Classic Head Gold $5 Half EagleClassic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper8.36 grams$5.00$319.8918
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half EagleCoronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$319.6295
Indian Head Gold $5 Half EagleIndian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$319.6295
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 EagleTurban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1804)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper17.5 grams$10.00$684.3867
Coronet Head Gold $10 EagleCoronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$639.2590
Indian Head Gold $10 EagleIndian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$639.2590
Gold $20 Double Eagle
Coronet Head Gold $20 Double EagleCoronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle (1849-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1278.5180
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double EagleSaint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1278.5180
Bullion Coins
American Silver Eagle Bullion CoinsAmerican Silver Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-Present)99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper31.101 grams$1.00$19.6548
$5 American Gold Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper3.393 grams$5.00$132.1959
$10 American Gold Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present) 91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper8.483 grams$10.00$330.5093
$25 American Gold Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper16.966 grams$25.00$661.0185
$50 American Gold Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $50 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper33.931 grams$50.00$1321.9981
$10 American Platinum Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $10 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008)99.95% Platinum3.112 grams$10.00$108.4434
$25 American Platinum Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $25 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008) 99.95% Platinum7.78 grams$25.00$271.1084
$50 American Platinum Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $50 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008)99.95% Platinum15.56 grams$50.00$542.2168
$100 American Platinum Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $100 American Platinum Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum31.12 grams$100.00$1084.4336
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold3.1104 grams$5.00$132.1190
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold7.7759 grams$10.00$330.2933
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold15.5518 grams$25.00$660.5866
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2006 - Present)99.99% Fine Gold31.1035 grams$50.00$1321.1689
First Spouse Bullion CoinsFirst Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)99.99% Fine Gold15.554 grams$10.00$660.6800
America The Beautiful Bullion CoinsAmerica The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)99.9% Fine Silver155.52 grams$0.25$98.3418


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