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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 April 20 2014 10:00 PM CDT:

Gold: $1293.90 per Ounce    Silver: $19.61 per Ounce    Platinum: $1428.30 per Ounce
Copper: $3.04 per Pound    Nickel: $8.09 per Pound    Zinc: $0.93 per Pound    Manganese: $2400.00 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
$0.0302
Indian Head Cent Small Cents    Indian Head Cent Small Cents (1859-1864)
88% Copper - 12% Nickel
4.67 grams
$0.01
$0.0302
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents    Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0201
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents    Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0201
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents    Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - Present)
97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.01
$0.0054
Two Cents
 Two Cents    Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
6.22 grams
$0.02
$0.0402
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three Cents    Silver Three Cent Three Cents (1851-1853)
75% Silver - 25% Copper
0.8 grams
$0.03
$0.3796
Nickel Three Cent Three Cents    Nickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
1.94 grams
$0.03
$0.0184
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half Dimes    Flowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.7529
Draped Bust Half Dimes    Draped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.7585
Liberty Cap Half Dimes    Liberty Cap Half Dimes (1829-1837)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.7585
Seated Liberty Half Dimes    Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.7613
Nickels
Shield Nickels    Shield Nickels (1866-1883)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0474
Liberty Nickels    Liberty Nickels (1883-1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0474
Buffalo Nickels    Buffalo Nickels (1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0474
Jefferson Nickels    Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)
56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese
5 grams
$0.05
$1.1233
Jefferson Nickels    Jefferson Nickels (1938-2003)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0474
Dimes
Draped Bust Dimes    Draped Bust Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.5170
Liberty Cap Dimes    Liberty Cap Dimes (1809-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.5170
Seated Liberty Dimes    Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.67 grams
$0.10
$1.5168
Barber Dimes    Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.4202
Mercury Dimes    Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.4202
Roosevelt Dimes    Roosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.4202
Roosevelt Dimes    Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
2.27 grams
$0.10
$0.0173
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents    Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
5 grams
$0.20
$2.8405
Quarters
Draped Bust Quarters    Draped Bust Quarters (1796)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
6.74 grams
$0.25
$3.7869
Liberty Cap Quarters    Liberty Cap Quarters (1815-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
7.74 grams
$0.25
$4.3488
Seated Liberty Quarters    Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1840)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.68 grams
$0.25
$3.7949
Barber Quarters    Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.5506
Standing Liberty Quarters    Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.5506
Washington Quarters    Washington Quarters (1932-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.5506
Washington Quarters    Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0433
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half Dollars    Flowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$7.5739
Draped Bust Half Dollars    Draped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$7.5739
Liberty Cap Half Dollars    Liberty Cap Half Dollars (1807-1836)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$7.5739
Seated Liberty Half Dollars    Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1853)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
13.36 grams
$0.50
$7.5898
Barber Half Dollars    Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$7.1012
Walking Liberty Half Dollars    Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$7.1012
Franklin Half Dollars    Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$7.1012
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars (1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$7.1012
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
11.5 grams
$0.50
$2.9464
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
11.34 grams
$0.50
$0.0865
Dollars
Flowing Hair Dollars    Flowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$15.1478
Draped Bust Dollars    Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1798)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$15.1478
Gobrecht Dollars    Gobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.8 grams
$1.00
$15.0579
Seated Liberty Dollars    Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1866)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$15.1853
Trade Dollars    Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
27.22 grams
$1.00
$15.4636
Morgan Dollars    Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$15.1853
Peace Dollars    Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$15.1853
Eisenhower Dollars    Eisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
22.68 grams
$1.00
$0.1730
Eisenhower Dollars    Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
24.59 grams
$1.00
$6.3002
Susan B Anthony Dollars    Susan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0618
Sacagawea Dollars    Sacagawea Dollars (2000-2008)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0527
Presidential Dollars    Presidential Dollars (2007-2016)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0527
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold Dollars    Liberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$62.6006
Small Indian Head Gold Dollars    Small Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$62.6006
Large Indian Head Gold Dollars    Large Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$62.6006
Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle
Liberty Cap Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle    Liberty Cap Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1796-1807)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
4.37 grams
$2.50
$163.6151
Turban Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle    Turban Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808-1834)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
4.37 grams
$2.50
$163.6151
Liberty Without Turban Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle    Liberty Without Turban Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1834-1839)
90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper
4.18 grams
$2.50
$156.6318
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
$156.5014
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
$156.5014
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3    Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
5.015 grams
$3.00
$187.7643
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4    Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)
85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper
7 grams
$4.00
$247.8536
Gold $5 Half Eagle
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle    Capped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1795-1798)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
8.75 grams
$5.00
$327.6047
Turban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle    Turban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1812)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
8.75 grams
$5.00
$327.6047
Liberty Without Turban Gold $5 Half Eagle    Liberty Without Turban Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)
90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$313.2636
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle    Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1866)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$313.0029
Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle    Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$313.0029
Gold $10 Eagle
Liberty Cap Gold $10 Eagle    Liberty Cap Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1797)
92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper
17.5 grams
$10.00
$655.2094
Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle    Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1839)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$626.0058
Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle    Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$626.0058
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
$1252.0115
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle    Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
33.44 grams
$20.00
$1252.0115
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
$19.5949
$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
$129.4560
$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
$323.6592
$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
$647.3183
$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
$1294.5985
$10 Platinum American Eagle Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $10 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
3.112 grams
$10.00
$142.8344
$25 Platinum American Eagle Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $25 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
7.78 grams
$25.00
$357.0861
$50 Platinum American Eagle Half Ounce    Half Ounce $50 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
15.56 grams
$50.00
$714.1721
$100 Platinum American Eagle One Ounce    One Ounce $100 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
31.12 grams
$100.00
$1428.3442
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
3.1104 grams
$5.00
$129.3792
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
7.7759 grams
$10.00
$323.4439
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce    Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.5518 grams
$25.00
$646.8879
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce    One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
31.1035 grams
$50.00
$1293.7716
First Spouse Bullion Coins    First Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.554 grams
$10.00
$646.9794


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