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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.

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 October 24 2014 06:05 PM CDT:

Gold: $1231.20 per Ounce    Silver: $17.20 per Ounce    Platinum: $1254.60 per Ounce
Copper: $3.04 per Pound    Nickel: $6.83 per Pound    Zinc: $1.02 per Pound    Manganese: $2300.00 per Ton   

ImageType DescriptionMetal Content CompositionWeightDenominationMelt Value
Half Cents
Liberty Cap Half Cents   Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793)
100% Copper
6.74 grams
$0.005
$0.0452
Draped Bust Half Cents   Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0365
Classic Head Half Cents   Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0365
Braided Hair Half Cents   Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0365
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large Cents   Flowing Hair Large Cents (1793)
100% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.01
$0.0903
Liberty Cap Large Cents   Liberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)
100% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.01
$0.0903
Draped Bust Large Cents   Draped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0730
Classic Head Large Cents   Classic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0730
Coronet Liberty Head Large Cents   Coronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0730
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents   Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0730
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small Cents   Flying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)
88% Copper - 12% Nickel
4.67 grams
$0.01
$0.0303
Indian Head Cent Small Cents   Indian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)
88% Copper - 12% Nickel
4.67 grams
$0.01
$0.0303
Indian Head Cent Small Cents    Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0202
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0202
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0202
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents    Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2009)
97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.01
$0.0059
Lincoln Shield Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)
97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.01
$0.0059
Two Cents
 Two Cents    Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
6.22 grams
$0.02
$0.0403
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three Cents   Silver Three Cent Three Cents (1851-1853)
75% Silver - 25% Copper
0.8 grams
$0.03
$0.3331
Nickel Three Cent Three Cents   Nickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
1.94 grams
$0.03
$0.0171
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half Dimes   Flowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.6605
Draped Bust Half Dimes   Draped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.6654
Capped Bust Half Dimes   Capped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.6728
Seated Liberty Half Dimes   Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.6678
Nickels
Shield Nickels   Shield Nickels (1866-1883)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0440
Liberty Nickels   Liberty Nickels (1883-1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0440
Buffalo Nickels   Buffalo Nickels (1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0440
Jefferson Nickels    Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)
56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese
5 grams
$0.05
$0.9876
Jefferson Nickels   Jefferson Nickels (1938-2003)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0440
Dimes
Draped Bust Dimes   Draped Bust Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.3308
Capped Bust Dimes   Capped Bust Dimes (1809-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.3456
Seated Liberty Dimes   Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.67 grams
$0.10
$1.3306
Barber Dimes   Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.2459
Mercury Dimes   Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.2459
Roosevelt Dimes   Roosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.2459
Roosevelt Dimes    Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
2.27 grams
$0.10
$0.0168
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents    Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
5 grams
$0.20
$2.4918
Quarters
Draped Bust Quarters   Draped Bust Quarters (1796)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
6.74 grams
$0.25
$3.3222
Liberty Cap Quarters   Liberty Cap Quarters (1815-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
7.74 grams
$0.25
$3.8151
Seated Liberty Quarters   Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1840)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.68 grams
$0.25
$3.3291
Barber Quarters   Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.1148
Standing Liberty Quarters   Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.1148
Washington Quarters   Washington Quarters (1932-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.1148
Washington Quarters    Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0419
50 States and Territories Quarters   50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$2.8257
America The Beautiful Quarters   America The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.25
$3.1352
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half Dollars   Flowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.6443
Draped Bust Half Dollars   Draped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.6443
Liberty Cap Half Dollars   Liberty Cap Half Dollars (1807-1836)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.6443
Seated Liberty Half Dollars   Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1853)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
13.36 grams
$0.50
$6.6581
Barber Half Dollars   Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.2295
Walking Liberty Half Dollars   Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.2295
Franklin Half Dollars   Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.2295
Kennedy Half Dollars   Kennedy Half Dollars (1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.2295
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
11.5 grams
$0.50
$2.5900
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
11.34 grams
$0.50
$0.0839
Dollars
Flowing Hair Dollars   Flowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$13.2886
Draped Bust Dollars   Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1798)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$13.2886
Gobrecht Dollars   Gobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.8 grams
$1.00
$13.2097
Seated Liberty Dollars   Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1866)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$13.3213
Trade Dollars   Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
27.22 grams
$1.00
$13.5655
Morgan Dollars   Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$13.3213
Peace Dollars   Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$13.3213
Eisenhower Dollars   Eisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
22.68 grams
$1.00
$0.1678
Eisenhower Dollars    Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
24.59 grams
$1.00
$5.5381
Susan B Anthony Dollars   Susan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0599
Sacagawea Dollars   Sacagawea Dollars (2000-2008)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0523
Presidential Dollars   Presidential Dollars (2007-2016)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0523
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold Dollars   Liberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$59.5671
Small Indian Head Gold Dollars   Small Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$59.5671
Large Indian Head Gold Dollars   Large Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$59.5671
Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle
Turban Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle   Turban Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1796-1807)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
4.37 grams
$2.50
$155.6868
Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle   Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
4.37 grams
$2.50
$155.6868
Classic Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle   Classic Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1834-1839)
90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper
4.18 grams
$2.50
$148.9178
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
4.18 grams
$2.50
$148.9178
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle   Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
4.18 grams
$2.50
$148.9178
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3   Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
5.015 grams
$3.00
$178.6657
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4   Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)
85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper
7 grams
$4.00
$235.8186
Gold $5 Half Eagle
Turban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Turban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1795-1798)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
8.75 grams
$5.00
$311.7299
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle   Capped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1812)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
8.75 grams
$5.00
$311.7299
Classic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Classic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)
90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$297.8356
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1866)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$297.8356
Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$297.8356
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 Eagle   Turban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1797)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
17.5 grams
$10.00
$623.4597
Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1839)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$595.6712
Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle   Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$595.6712
Gold $20 Double Eagle
Coronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle (1849-1866)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
33.44 grams
$20.00
$1191.3425
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle   Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
33.44 grams
$20.00
$1191.3425
Bullion Coins
Silver American Eagle Bullion Coins   Silver American Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-Present)
99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper
31.101 grams
$1.00
$17.1867
$5 Gold American Eagle Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present)
91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper
3.393 grams
$5.00
$123.1781
$10 Gold American Eagle Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present)
91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper
8.483 grams
$10.00
$307.9634
$25 Gold American Eagle Half Ounce    Half Ounce $25 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present)
91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper
16.966 grams
$25.00
$615.9269
$50 Gold American Eagle One Ounce    One Ounce $50 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present)
91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper
33.931 grams
$50.00
$1231.8174
$10 Platinum American Eagle Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $10 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
3.112 grams
$10.00
$125.4639
$25 Platinum American Eagle Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $25 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
7.78 grams
$25.00
$313.6597
$50 Platinum American Eagle Half Ounce    Half Ounce $50 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
15.56 grams
$50.00
$627.3194
$100 Platinum American Eagle One Ounce    One Ounce $100 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
31.12 grams
$100.00
$1254.6389
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
3.1104 grams
$5.00
$123.1098
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
7.7759 grams
$10.00
$307.7704
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce    Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.5518 grams
$25.00
$615.5409
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce    One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
31.1035 grams
$50.00
$1231.0778
First Spouse Bullion Coins   First Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.554 grams
$10.00
$615.6280
America The Beautiful Bullion Coins   America The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)
99.9% Fine Silver
155.52 grams
$0.25
$85.9928


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