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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 March 2 2015 10:27 AM CST:

Gold: $1212.10 per Ounce    Silver: $16.52 per Ounce    Platinum: $1190.80 per Ounce
Copper: $2.70 per Pound    Nickel: $6.39 per Pound    Zinc: $0.94 per Pound    Manganese: $1950.45 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
$0.0401
Draped Bust Half Cents   Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0324
Classic Head Half Cents   Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0324
Braided Hair Half Cents   Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0324
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large Cents   Flowing Hair Large Cents (1793)
100% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.01
$0.0802
Liberty Cap Large Cents   Liberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)
100% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.01
$0.0802
Draped Bust Large Cents   Draped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0648
Classic Head Large Cents   Classic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0648
Coronet Liberty Head Large Cents   Coronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0648
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents   Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0648
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small Cents   Flying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)
88% Copper - 12% Nickel
4.67 grams
$0.01
$0.0269
Indian Head Cent Small Cents   Indian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)
88% Copper - 12% Nickel
4.67 grams
$0.01
$0.0269
Indian Head Cent Small Cents    Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0179
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0179
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0179
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents    Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2009)
97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.01
$0.0054
Lincoln Shield Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-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
$0.0358
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three Cents   Silver Three Cent Three Cents (1851-1853)
75% Silver - 25% Copper
0.8 grams
$0.03
$0.3199
Nickel Three Cent Three Cents   Nickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
1.94 grams
$0.03
$0.0155
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half Dimes   Flowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.6343
Draped Bust Half Dimes   Draped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.6390
Capped Bust Half Dimes   Capped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.6461
Seated Liberty Half Dimes   Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.6413
Nickels
Shield Nickels   Shield Nickels (1866-1883)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0399
Liberty Nickels   Liberty Nickels (1883-1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0399
Buffalo Nickels   Buffalo Nickels (1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0399
Jefferson Nickels    Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)
56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese
5 grams
$0.05
$0.9471
Jefferson Nickels   Jefferson Nickels (1938-2003)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0399
Dimes
Draped Bust Dimes   Draped Bust Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.2781
Capped Bust Dimes   Capped Bust Dimes (1809-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.2923
Seated Liberty Dimes   Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.67 grams
$0.10
$1.2779
Barber Dimes   Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.1965
Mercury Dimes   Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.1965
Roosevelt Dimes   Roosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.1965
Roosevelt Dimes    Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
2.27 grams
$0.10
$0.0151
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents    Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
5 grams
$0.20
$2.3931
Quarters
Draped Bust Quarters   Draped Bust Quarters (1796)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
6.74 grams
$0.25
$3.1905
Capped Bust Quarters   Capped Bust Quarters (1815-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
6.74 grams
$0.25
$3.2258
Seated Liberty Quarters   Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1840)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.68 grams
$0.25
$3.1971
Barber Quarters   Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$2.9913
Standing Liberty Quarters   Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$2.9913
Washington Quarters   Washington Quarters (1932-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$2.9913
Washington Quarters    Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0376
50 States and Territories Quarters   50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0376
America The Beautiful Quarters   America The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0376
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half Dollars   Flowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.3809
Draped Bust Half Dollars   Draped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.3809
Capped Bust Half Dollars   Capped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1836)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.4517
Seated Liberty Half Dollars   Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1853)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
13.36 grams
$0.50
$6.3943
Barber Half Dollars   Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$5.9827
Walking Liberty Half Dollars   Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$5.9827
Franklin Half Dollars   Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$5.9827
Kennedy Half Dollars   Kennedy Half Dollars (1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$5.9827
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
11.5 grams
$0.50
$2.4843
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
11.34 grams
$0.50
$0.0752
Dollars
Flowing Hair Dollars   Flowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$12.7618
Draped Bust Dollars   Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1798)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$12.7618
Gobrecht Dollars   Gobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.8 grams
$1.00
$12.6861
Seated Liberty Dollars   Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1866)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$12.7933
Trade Dollars   Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
27.22 grams
$1.00
$13.0278
Morgan Dollars   Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$12.7933
Peace Dollars   Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$12.7933
Eisenhower Dollars   Eisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
22.68 grams
$1.00
$0.1504
Eisenhower Dollars    Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
24.59 grams
$1.00
$5.3120
Susan B Anthony Dollars   Susan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0537
Sacagawea Dollars   Sacagawea Dollars (2000-2008)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0466
Presidential Dollars   Presidential Dollars (2007-2016)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0466
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold Dollars   Liberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$58.6429
Small Indian Head Gold Dollars   Small Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$58.6429
Large Indian Head Gold Dollars   Large Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$58.6429
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
$153.2713
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
$153.2713
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
$146.6073
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
$146.6073
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
$146.6073
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3   Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
5.015 grams
$3.00
$175.8937
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4   Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)
85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper
7 grams
$4.00
$232.1530
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
$306.8933
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
$306.8933
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
$293.2147
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1866)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$293.2147
Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$293.2147
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
$613.7867
Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1839)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$586.4293
Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle   Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$586.4293
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
$1172.8586
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle   Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
33.44 grams
$20.00
$1172.8586
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
$16.5073
$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
$121.2657
$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
$303.1822
$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
$606.3644
$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
$1212.6932
$10 Platinum American Eagle Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $10 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
3.112 grams
$10.00
$119.0837
$25 Platinum American Eagle Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $25 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
7.78 grams
$25.00
$297.7092
$50 Platinum American Eagle Half Ounce    Half Ounce $50 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
15.56 grams
$50.00
$595.4184
$100 Platinum American Eagle One Ounce    One Ounce $100 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
31.12 grams
$100.00
$1190.8369
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
3.1104 grams
$5.00
$121.1999
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
7.7759 grams
$10.00
$302.9959
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce    Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.5518 grams
$25.00
$605.9918
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce    One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
31.1035 grams
$50.00
$1211.9797
First Spouse Bullion Coins   First Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.554 grams
$10.00
$606.0775
America The Beautiful Bullion Coins   America The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)
99.9% Fine Silver
155.52 grams
$0.25
$82.5931


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