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 September 25 2016 12:20 PM CDT:
Gold: $1337.80 per Ounce
Silver: $19.76 per Ounce
Platinum: $1057.50 per Ounce
Copper: $2.20 per Pound
Nickel: $4.82 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$0.0327
Draped Bust Half CentsDraped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0264
Classic Head Half CentsClassic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0264
Braided Hair Half CentsBraided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0264
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large CentsFlowing Hair Large Cents (1793)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0654
Liberty Cap Large CentsLiberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0654
Draped Bust Large CentsDraped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0528
Classic Head Large CentsClassic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0528
Coronet Liberty Head Large CentsCoronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0528
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large CentsBraided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0528
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small CentsFlying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0220
Indian Head Cent Small CentsIndian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0220
Indian Head Cent Small Cents Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0147
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small CentsLincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0147
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small CentsLincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0147
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$0.0294
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three CentsSilver Three Cents (1851-1873)75% Silver - 25% Copper0.8 grams$0.03$0.3821
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$0.7584
Draped Bust Half DimesDraped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1805)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.7640
Capped Bust Half DimesCapped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.7725
Seated Liberty Half DimesSeated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.7668
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$1.1261
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$1.5281
Capped Bust DimesCapped Bust Dimes (1809-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.5451
Seated Liberty DimesSeated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.67 grams$0.10$1.5279
Barber DimesBarber Dimes (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.4306
Mercury DimesMercury Dimes (1916-1945)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.4306
Roosevelt DimesRoosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.4306
Roosevelt Dimes Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel2.27 grams$0.10$0.0121
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)90% Silver - 10% Copper5 grams$0.20$2.8613
Quarters
Draped Bust QuartersDraped Bust Quarters (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.8145
Capped Bust QuartersCapped Bust Quarters (1815-1838)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.8570
Seated Liberty QuartersSeated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.68 grams$0.25$3.8227
Barber QuartersBarber Quarters (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.5766
Standing Liberty QuartersStanding Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.5766
Washington QuartersWashington Quarters (1932-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.5766
Washington Quarters Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0302
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters (1975-1976)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0302
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters 40% Silver (1975-1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper5.75 grams$0.25$1.4779
50 States and Territories Quarters50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0302
America The Beautiful QuartersAmerica The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0302
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$7.6290
Draped Bust Half DollarsDraped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$7.6290
Capped Bust Half DollarsCapped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$7.7140
Seated Liberty Half DollarsSeated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper13.36 grams$0.50$7.6453
Barber Half DollarsBarber Half Dollars (1892-1915)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1532
Walking Liberty Half DollarsWalking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1532
Franklin Half DollarsFranklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1532
Kennedy Half DollarsKennedy Half Dollars (1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$7.1532
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)40% Silver - 60% Copper11.5 grams$0.50$2.9558
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel11.34 grams$0.50$0.0605
Dollars
Flowing Hair DollarsFlowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$15.2580
Draped Bust Dollars   Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1804)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$15.2580
Gobrecht DollarsGobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.8 grams$1.00$15.1674
Seated Liberty Dollars   Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$15.2963
Trade DollarsTrade Dollars (1873-1885)90% Silver - 10% Copper27.22 grams$1.00$15.5768
Morgan DollarsMorgan Dollars (1878-1921)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$15.2963
Peace DollarsPeace Dollars (1921-1935)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$15.2963
Eisenhower DollarsEisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel22.68 grams$1.00$0.1209
Eisenhower Dollars Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper24.59 grams$1.00$6.3204
Susan B Anthony DollarsSusan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0432
Sacagawea DollarsSacagawea Dollars (2000-present)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0381
Presidential DollarsPresidential Dollars (2007-2016)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0381
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold DollarsLiberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$64.7242
Small Indian Head Gold DollarsSmall Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$64.7242
Large Indian Head Gold DollarsLarge Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$64.7242
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$173.0344
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$173.0344
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$161.9422
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCoronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$161.8104
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleIndian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$161.8104
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper5.015 grams$3.00$194.1338
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper7 grams$4.00$256.2531
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$346.4648
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half EagleCapped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1834)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$346.4648
Classic Head Gold $5 Half EagleClassic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper8.36 grams$5.00$323.8844
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half EagleCoronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$323.6208
Indian Head Gold $5 Half EagleIndian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$323.6208
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 EagleTurban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1804)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper17.5 grams$10.00$692.9295
Coronet Head Gold $10 EagleCoronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$647.2417
Indian Head Gold $10 EagleIndian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$647.2417
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$1294.4834
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double EagleSaint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1294.4834
Bullion Coins
American Silver Eagle Bullion CoinsAmerican Silver Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-Present)99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper31.101 grams$1.00$19.7447
$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$133.8462
$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$334.6352
$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$669.2705
$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$1338.5015
$10 American Platinum Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $10 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008)99.95% Platinum3.112 grams$10.00$105.7533
$25 American Platinum Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $25 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008) 99.95% Platinum7.78 grams$25.00$264.3832
$50 American Platinum Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $50 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008)99.95% Platinum15.56 grams$50.00$528.7664
$100 American Platinum Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $100 American Platinum Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum31.12 grams$100.00$1057.5327
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold3.1104 grams$5.00$133.7689
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold7.7759 grams$10.00$334.4179
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold15.5518 grams$25.00$668.8358
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2006 - Present)99.99% Fine Gold31.1035 grams$50.00$1337.6672
First Spouse Bullion CoinsFirst Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)99.99% Fine Gold15.554 grams$10.00$668.9304
America The Beautiful Bullion CoinsAmerica The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)99.9% Fine Silver155.52 grams$0.25$98.7918


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