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 May 23 2015 11:20 AM CDT:
Gold: $1205.80 per Ounce
Silver: $17.11 per Ounce
Platinum: $1157.90 per Ounce
Copper: $2.81 per Pound
Nickel: $5.71 per Pound
Zinc: $0.99 per Pound
Manganese: $1868.80 per Ton

Image Type Description Metal Content Composition Weight Denomination Melt Value
Half Cents
Liberty Cap Half CentsLiberty Cap Half Cents (1793)100% Copper6.74 grams$0.005$0.0418
Draped Bust Half CentsDraped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0337
Classic Head Half CentsClassic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0337
Braided Hair Half CentsBraided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0337
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large CentsFlowing Hair Large Cents (1793)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0835
Liberty Cap Large CentsLiberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0835
Draped Bust Large CentsDraped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0675
Classic Head Large CentsClassic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0675
Coronet Liberty Head Large CentsCoronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0675
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large CentsBraided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0675
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small CentsFlying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0280
Indian Head Cent Small CentsIndian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0280
Indian Head Cent Small Cents Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0186
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small CentsLincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0186
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small CentsLincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0186
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2009)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0057
Lincoln Shield Cent Small CentsLincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0057
Two Cents
 Two Cents Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc6.22 grams$0.02$0.0373
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three CentsSilver Three Cent Three Cents (1851-1853)75% Silver - 25% Copper0.8 grams$0.03$0.3313
Nickel Three Cent Three CentsNickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)75% Copper - 25% Nickel1.94 grams$0.03$0.0151
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half DimesFlowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.6570
Draped Bust Half DimesDraped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.6619
Capped Bust Half DimesCapped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.6692
Seated Liberty Half DimesSeated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1838)90% Silver - 10% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.6642
Nickels
Shield NickelsShield Nickels (1866-1883)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0390
Liberty NickelsLiberty Nickels (1883-1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0390
Buffalo NickelsBuffalo Nickels (1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0390
Jefferson Nickels Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese5 grams$0.05$0.9809
Jefferson NickelsJefferson Nickels (1938-2003)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0390
Jefferson Nickel Return to Monticello Jefferson 'Return to Monticello' Nickels (2006 - Present)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0390
Dimes
Draped Bust DimesDraped Bust Dimes (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.3237
Capped Bust DimesCapped Bust Dimes (1809-1828)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.3384
Seated Liberty DimesSeated Liberty Dimes (1837-1838)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.67 grams$0.10$1.3235
Barber DimesBarber Dimes (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.2393
Mercury DimesMercury Dimes (1916-1945)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.2393
Roosevelt DimesRoosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.2393
Roosevelt Dimes Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel2.27 grams$0.10$0.0153
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)90% Silver - 10% Copper5 grams$0.20$2.4785
Quarters
Draped Bust QuartersDraped Bust Quarters (1796)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.3044
Capped Bust QuartersCapped Bust Quarters (1815-1828)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.3411
Seated Liberty QuartersSeated Liberty Quarters (1838-1840)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.68 grams$0.25$3.3113
Barber QuartersBarber Quarters (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.0982
Standing Liberty QuartersStanding Liberty Quarters (1916-1917)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.0982
Washington QuartersWashington Quarters (1932-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.0982
Washington Quarters Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0381
50 States and Territories Quarters50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0381
America The Beautiful QuartersAmerica The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0381
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$6.6088
Draped Bust Half DollarsDraped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$6.6088
Capped Bust Half DollarsCapped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1836)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$6.6822
Seated Liberty Half DollarsSeated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1853)90% Silver - 10% Copper13.36 grams$0.50$6.6227
Barber Half DollarsBarber Half Dollars (1892-1915)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1964
Walking Liberty Half DollarsWalking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1917)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1964
Franklin Half DollarsFranklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1964
Kennedy Half DollarsKennedy Half Dollars (1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1964
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)40% Silver - 60% Copper11.5 grams$0.50$2.5732
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel11.34 grams$0.50$0.0763
Dollars
Flowing Hair DollarsFlowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$13.2177
Draped Bust DollarsDraped Bust Dollars (1795-1798)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$13.2177
Gobrecht DollarsGobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.8 grams$1.00$13.1392
Seated Liberty DollarsSeated Liberty Dollars (1840-1866)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$13.2503
Trade DollarsTrade Dollars (1873-1885)90% Silver - 10% Copper27.22 grams$1.00$13.4932
Morgan DollarsMorgan Dollars (1878-1921)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$13.2503
Peace DollarsPeace Dollars (1921-1935)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$13.2503
Eisenhower DollarsEisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel22.68 grams$1.00$0.1526
Eisenhower Dollars Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper24.59 grams$1.00$5.5022
Susan B Anthony DollarsSusan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0545
Sacagawea DollarsSacagawea Dollars (2000-2008)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0481
Presidential DollarsPresidential Dollars (2007-2016)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0481
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold DollarsLiberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$58.3382
Small Indian Head Gold DollarsSmall Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$58.3382
Large Indian Head Gold DollarsLarge Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$58.3382
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$152.4748
Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCapped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper4.37 grams$2.50$152.4748
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$145.8454
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCoronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$145.8454
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleIndian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$145.8454
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper5.015 grams$3.00$174.9796
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper7 grams$4.00$230.9579
Gold $5 Half Eagle
Turban Head Gold $5 Half EagleTurban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1795-1798)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$305.2985
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half EagleCapped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1812)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$305.2985
Classic Head Gold $5 Half EagleClassic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper8.36 grams$5.00$291.6909
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half EagleCoronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1866)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$291.6909
Indian Head Gold $5 Half EagleIndian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$291.6909
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 EagleTurban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1797)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper17.5 grams$10.00$610.5969
Coronet Head Gold $10 EagleCoronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1839)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$583.3817
Indian Head Gold $10 EagleIndian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$583.3817
Gold $20 Double Eagle
Coronet Head Gold $20 Double EagleCoronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle (1849-1866)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1166.7635
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double EagleSaint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1166.7635
Bullion Coins
Silver American Eagle Bullion CoinsSilver American Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-Present)99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper31.101 grams$1.00$17.0968
$5 Gold American Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper3.393 grams$5.00$120.6377
$10 Gold American Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present) 91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper8.483 grams$10.00$301.6121
$25 Gold American Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper16.966 grams$25.00$603.2241
$50 Gold American Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper33.931 grams$50.00$1206.4127
$10 Platinum American Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $10 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum3.112 grams$10.00$115.7936
$25 Platinum American Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $25 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present) 99.95% Platinum7.78 grams$25.00$289.4840
$50 Platinum American Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $50 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum15.56 grams$50.00$578.9679
$100 Platinum American Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $100 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum31.12 grams$100.00$1157.9359
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold3.1104 grams$5.00$120.5700
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold7.7759 grams$10.00$301.4210
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold15.5518 grams$25.00$602.8421
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2008 - Present)99.99% Fine Gold31.1035 grams$50.00$1205.6803
First Spouse Bullion CoinsFirst Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)99.99% Fine Gold15.554 grams$10.00$602.9274
America The Beautiful Bullion CoinsAmerica The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)99.9% Fine Silver155.52 grams$0.25$85.5429


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