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 4 2015 02:48 AM CDT:
Gold: $1126.60 per Ounce
Silver: $14.67 per Ounce
Platinum: $1014.00 per Ounce
Copper: $2.36 per Pound
Nickel: $4.51 per Pound
Zinc: $0.82 per Pound
Manganese: $1614.79 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$0.0351
Draped Bust Half CentsDraped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0283
Classic Head Half CentsClassic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0283
Braided Hair Half CentsBraided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0283
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large CentsFlowing Hair Large Cents (1793)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0701
Liberty Cap Large CentsLiberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0701
Draped Bust Large CentsDraped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0567
Classic Head Large CentsClassic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0567
Coronet Liberty Head Large CentsCoronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0567
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large CentsBraided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0567
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small CentsFlying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0235
Indian Head Cent Small CentsIndian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0235
Indian Head Cent Small Cents Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0157
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small CentsLincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0157
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small CentsLincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0157
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2008)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0047
Lincoln Bicentennial Cents Lincoln Bicentennial Cents (2009)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0047
Lincoln Shield Cent Small CentsLincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0047
Two Cents
 Two Cents Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc6.22 grams$0.02$0.0313
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three CentsSilver Three Cent Three Cents (1851-1853)75% Silver - 25% Copper0.8 grams$0.03$0.2840
Nickel Three Cent Three CentsNickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)75% Copper - 25% Nickel1.94 grams$0.03$0.0124
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half DimesFlowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.5633
Draped Bust Half DimesDraped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.5675
Capped Bust Half DimesCapped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.5738
Seated Liberty Half DimesSeated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1838)90% Silver - 10% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.5695
Nickels
Shield NickelsShield Nickels (1866-1883)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0319
Liberty NickelsLiberty Nickels (1883-1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0319
Buffalo NickelsBuffalo Nickels (1913-1938)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0319
Jefferson Nickels Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese5 grams$0.05$0.8408
Jefferson NickelsJefferson Nickels (1938-2003)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0319
Westward Journey Nickels Jefferson Westward Journey Nickels (2004-2005)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0319
Jefferson Nickel Return to Monticello Jefferson 'Return to Monticello' Nickels (2006 - Present)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0319
Dimes
Draped Bust DimesDraped Bust Dimes (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.1349
Capped Bust DimesCapped Bust Dimes (1809-1828)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.1475
Seated Liberty DimesSeated Liberty Dimes (1837-1838)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.67 grams$0.10$1.1348
Barber DimesBarber Dimes (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.0625
Mercury DimesMercury Dimes (1916-1945)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.0625
Roosevelt DimesRoosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.0625
Roosevelt Dimes Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel2.27 grams$0.10$0.0127
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)90% Silver - 10% Copper5 grams$0.20$2.1250
Quarters
Draped Bust QuartersDraped Bust Quarters (1796)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$2.8331
Capped Bust QuartersCapped Bust Quarters (1815-1828)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$2.8645
Seated Liberty QuartersSeated Liberty Quarters (1838-1840)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.68 grams$0.25$2.8390
Barber QuartersBarber Quarters (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$2.6563
Standing Liberty QuartersStanding Liberty Quarters (1916-1917)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$2.6563
Washington QuartersWashington Quarters (1932-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$2.6563
Washington Quarters Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0317
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters (1975-1976)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0317
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters 40% Silver (1975-1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper5.75 grams$0.25$1.1027
50 States and Territories Quarters50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0317
America The Beautiful QuartersAmerica The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0317
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$5.6662
Draped Bust Half DollarsDraped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$5.6662
Capped Bust Half DollarsCapped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1836)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$5.7291
Seated Liberty Half DollarsSeated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1853)90% Silver - 10% Copper13.36 grams$0.50$5.6781
Barber Half DollarsBarber Half Dollars (1892-1915)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3126
Walking Liberty Half DollarsWalking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3126
Franklin Half DollarsFranklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3126
Kennedy Half DollarsKennedy Half Dollars (1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3126
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)40% Silver - 60% Copper11.5 grams$0.50$2.2055
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel11.34 grams$0.50$0.0635
Dollars
Flowing Hair DollarsFlowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$11.3324
Draped Bust DollarsDraped Bust Dollars (1795-1798)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$11.3324
Gobrecht DollarsGobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.8 grams$1.00$11.2652
Seated Liberty DollarsSeated Liberty Dollars (1840-1866)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$11.3604
Trade DollarsTrade Dollars (1873-1885)90% Silver - 10% Copper27.22 grams$1.00$11.5687
Morgan DollarsMorgan Dollars (1878-1921)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$11.3604
Peace DollarsPeace Dollars (1921-1935)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$11.3604
Eisenhower DollarsEisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel22.68 grams$1.00$0.1270
Eisenhower Dollars Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper24.59 grams$1.00$4.7159
Susan B Anthony DollarsSusan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0453
Sacagawea DollarsSacagawea Dollars (2000-present)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0403
Presidential DollarsPresidential Dollars (2007-2016)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0403
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold DollarsLiberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$54.5063
Small Indian Head Gold DollarsSmall Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$54.5063
Large Indian Head Gold DollarsLarge Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$54.5063
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$142.4596
Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCapped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper4.37 grams$2.50$142.4596
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$136.2657
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCoronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$136.2657
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleIndian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$136.2657
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper5.015 grams$3.00$163.4862
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper7 grams$4.00$215.7655
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$285.2452
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half EagleCapped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1812)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$285.2452
Classic Head Gold $5 Half EagleClassic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper8.36 grams$5.00$272.5314
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half EagleCoronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1866)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$272.5314
Indian Head Gold $5 Half EagleIndian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$272.5314
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 EagleTurban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1797)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper17.5 grams$10.00$570.4903
Coronet Head Gold $10 EagleCoronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1839)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$545.0628
Indian Head Gold $10 EagleIndian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$545.0628
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$1090.1256
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double EagleSaint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1090.1256
Bullion Coins
Silver American Eagle Bullion CoinsSilver American Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-Present)99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper31.101 grams$1.00$14.6587
$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$112.7095
$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$281.7904
$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$563.5808
$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$1127.1283
$10 Platinum American Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $10 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum3.112 grams$10.00$101.4031
$25 Platinum American Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $25 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present) 99.95% Platinum7.78 grams$25.00$253.5079
$50 Platinum American Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $50 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum15.56 grams$50.00$507.0157
$100 Platinum American Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $100 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum31.12 grams$100.00$1014.0314
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold3.1104 grams$5.00$112.6506
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold7.7759 grams$10.00$281.6230
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold15.5518 grams$25.00$563.2459
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2008 - Present)99.99% Fine Gold31.1035 grams$50.00$1126.4882
First Spouse Bullion CoinsFirst Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)99.99% Fine Gold15.554 grams$10.00$563.3256
America The Beautiful Bullion CoinsAmerica The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)99.9% Fine Silver155.52 grams$0.25$73.3439


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