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 August 1 2015 11:09 AM CDT:
Gold: $1094.50 per Ounce
Silver: $14.88 per Ounce
Platinum: $980.00 per Ounce
Copper: $2.37 per Pound
Nickel: $4.97 per Pound
Zinc: $0.87 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$0.0352
Draped Bust Half CentsDraped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0284
Classic Head Half CentsClassic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0284
Braided Hair Half CentsBraided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0284
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large CentsFlowing Hair Large Cents (1793)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0704
Liberty Cap Large CentsLiberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0704
Draped Bust Large CentsDraped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0569
Classic Head Large CentsClassic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0569
Coronet Liberty Head Large CentsCoronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0569
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large CentsBraided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0569
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small CentsFlying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0236
Indian Head Cent Small CentsIndian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0236
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 - 2009)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0050
Lincoln Shield Cent Small CentsLincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0050
Two Cents
 Two Cents Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc6.22 grams$0.02$0.0315
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three CentsSilver Three Cent Three Cents (1851-1853)75% Silver - 25% Copper0.8 grams$0.03$0.2881
Nickel Three Cent Three CentsNickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)75% Copper - 25% Nickel1.94 grams$0.03$0.0129
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half DimesFlowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.5713
Draped Bust Half DimesDraped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.5756
Capped Bust Half DimesCapped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.5820
Seated Liberty Half DimesSeated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1838)90% Silver - 10% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.5777
Nickels
Shield NickelsShield Nickels (1866-1883)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0333
Liberty NickelsLiberty Nickels (1883-1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0333
Buffalo NickelsBuffalo Nickels (1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0333
Jefferson Nickels Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese5 grams$0.05$0.8526
Jefferson NickelsJefferson Nickels (1938-2003)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0333
Jefferson Nickel Return to Monticello Jefferson 'Return to Monticello' Nickels (2006 - Present)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0333
Dimes
Draped Bust DimesDraped Bust Dimes (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.1512
Capped Bust DimesCapped Bust Dimes (1809-1828)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.1639
Seated Liberty DimesSeated Liberty Dimes (1837-1838)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.67 grams$0.10$1.1510
Barber DimesBarber Dimes (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.0777
Mercury DimesMercury Dimes (1916-1945)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.0777
Roosevelt DimesRoosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.0777
Roosevelt Dimes Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel2.27 grams$0.10$0.0129
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)90% Silver - 10% Copper5 grams$0.20$2.1554
Quarters
Draped Bust QuartersDraped Bust Quarters (1796)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$2.8736
Capped Bust QuartersCapped Bust Quarters (1815-1828)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$2.9055
Seated Liberty QuartersSeated Liberty Quarters (1838-1840)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.68 grams$0.25$2.8796
Barber QuartersBarber Quarters (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$2.6943
Standing Liberty QuartersStanding Liberty Quarters (1916-1917)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$2.6943
Washington QuartersWashington Quarters (1932-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$2.6943
Washington Quarters Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0323
50 States and Territories Quarters50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0323
America The Beautiful QuartersAmerica The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0323
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$5.7472
Draped Bust Half DollarsDraped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1797)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$5.7472
Capped Bust Half DollarsCapped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1836)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$5.8110
Seated Liberty Half DollarsSeated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1853)90% Silver - 10% Copper13.36 grams$0.50$5.7593
Barber Half DollarsBarber Half Dollars (1892-1915)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3886
Walking Liberty Half DollarsWalking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1917)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3886
Franklin Half DollarsFranklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3886
Kennedy Half DollarsKennedy Half Dollars (1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$5.3886
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)40% Silver - 60% Copper11.5 grams$0.50$2.2367
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel11.34 grams$0.50$0.0647
Dollars
Flowing Hair DollarsFlowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$11.4945
Draped Bust DollarsDraped Bust Dollars (1795-1798)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$11.4945
Gobrecht DollarsGobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.8 grams$1.00$11.4263
Seated Liberty DollarsSeated Liberty Dollars (1840-1866)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$11.5229
Trade DollarsTrade Dollars (1873-1885)90% Silver - 10% Copper27.22 grams$1.00$11.7341
Morgan DollarsMorgan Dollars (1878-1921)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$11.5229
Peace DollarsPeace Dollars (1921-1935)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$11.5229
Eisenhower DollarsEisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel22.68 grams$1.00$0.1293
Eisenhower Dollars Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper24.59 grams$1.00$4.7827
Susan B Anthony DollarsSusan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0462
Sacagawea DollarsSacagawea Dollars (2000-2008)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0407
Presidential DollarsPresidential Dollars (2007-2016)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0407
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold DollarsLiberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$52.9533
Small Indian Head Gold DollarsSmall Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$52.9533
Large Indian Head Gold DollarsLarge Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$52.9533
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$138.4006
Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCapped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper4.37 grams$2.50$138.4006
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$132.3832
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCoronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$132.3832
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleIndian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$132.3832
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper5.015 grams$3.00$158.8281
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper7 grams$4.00$209.6284
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$277.1179
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half EagleCapped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1812)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$277.1179
Classic Head Gold $5 Half EagleClassic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper8.36 grams$5.00$264.7663
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half EagleCoronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1866)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$264.7663
Indian Head Gold $5 Half EagleIndian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$264.7663
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 EagleTurban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1797)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper17.5 grams$10.00$554.2358
Coronet Head Gold $10 EagleCoronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1839)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$529.5327
Indian Head Gold $10 EagleIndian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$529.5327
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$1059.0654
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double EagleSaint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1059.0654
Bullion Coins
Silver American Eagle Bullion CoinsSilver American Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-Present)99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper31.101 grams$1.00$14.8685
$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$109.5002
$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$273.7666
$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$547.5332
$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$1095.0341
$10 Platinum American Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $10 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum3.112 grams$10.00$98.0030
$25 Platinum American Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $25 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present) 99.95% Platinum7.78 grams$25.00$245.0076
$50 Platinum American Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $50 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum15.56 grams$50.00$490.0152
$100 Platinum American Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $100 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum31.12 grams$100.00$980.0303
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold3.1104 grams$5.00$109.4409
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold7.7759 grams$10.00$273.5987
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold15.5518 grams$25.00$547.1974
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2008 - Present)99.99% Fine Gold31.1035 grams$50.00$1094.3914
First Spouse Bullion CoinsFirst Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)99.99% Fine Gold15.554 grams$10.00$547.2749
America The Beautiful Bullion CoinsAmerica The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)99.9% Fine Silver155.52 grams$0.25$74.3938


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