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 December 9 2016 03:25 PM CST:
Gold: $1160.60 per Ounce
Silver: $17.06 per Ounce
Platinum: $913.80 per Ounce
Copper: $2.65 per Pound
Nickel: $5.10 per Pound
Zinc: $1.22 per Pound
Manganese: $1578.50 per Ton

Image Type Description Metal Content Composition Weight Denomination Melt Value
Half Cents
Liberty Cap Half CentsLiberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)100% Copper6.74 grams$0.005$0.0394
Draped Bust Half CentsDraped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0318
Classic Head Half CentsClassic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0318
Braided Hair Half CentsBraided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)100% Copper5.44 grams$0.005$0.0318
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large CentsFlowing Hair Large Cents (1793)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0788
Liberty Cap Large CentsLiberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)100% Copper13.48 grams$0.01$0.0788
Draped Bust Large CentsDraped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0636
Classic Head Large CentsClassic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0636
Coronet Liberty Head Large CentsCoronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0636
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large CentsBraided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)100% Copper10.89 grams$0.01$0.0636
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small CentsFlying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0265
Indian Head Cent Small CentsIndian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)88% Copper - 12% Nickel4.67 grams$0.01$0.0265
Indian Head Cent Small Cents Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0177
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small CentsLincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0177
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small CentsLincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc3.11 grams$0.01$0.0177
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2008)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0069
Lincoln Bicentennial Cents Lincoln Bicentennial Cents (2009)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0069
Lincoln Shield Cent Small CentsLincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper2.5 grams$0.01$0.0069
Two Cents
 Two Cents Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc6.22 grams$0.02$0.0354
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three CentsSilver Three Cents (1851-1873)75% Silver - 25% Copper0.8 grams$0.03$0.3303
Nickel Three Cent Three CentsNickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)75% Copper - 25% Nickel1.94 grams$0.03$0.0140
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half DimesFlowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.6550
Draped Bust Half DimesDraped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1805)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.6599
Capped Bust Half DimesCapped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper1.35 grams$0.05$0.6672
Seated Liberty Half DimesSeated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper1.34 grams$0.05$0.6623
Nickels
Shield NickelsShield Nickels (1866-1883)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0360
Liberty NickelsLiberty Nickels (1883-1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0360
Buffalo NickelsBuffalo Nickels (1913-1938)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0360
Jefferson Nickels Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese5 grams$0.05$0.9770
Jefferson NickelsJefferson Nickels (1938-2003)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0360
Westward Journey Nickels Jefferson Westward Journey Nickels (2004-2005)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0360
Jefferson Nickel Return to Monticello Jefferson 'Return to Monticello' Nickels (2006 - Present)75% Copper - 25% Nickel5 grams$0.05$0.0360
Dimes
Draped Bust DimesDraped Bust Dimes (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.3198
Capped Bust DimesCapped Bust Dimes (1809-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper2.7 grams$0.10$1.3344
Seated Liberty DimesSeated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.67 grams$0.10$1.3196
Barber DimesBarber Dimes (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.2356
Mercury DimesMercury Dimes (1916-1945)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.2356
Roosevelt DimesRoosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper2.5 grams$0.10$1.2356
Roosevelt Dimes Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel2.27 grams$0.10$0.0143
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)90% Silver - 10% Copper5 grams$0.20$2.4711
Quarters
Draped Bust QuartersDraped Bust Quarters (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.2945
Capped Bust QuartersCapped Bust Quarters (1815-1838)89% Silver - 11% Copper6.74 grams$0.25$3.3311
Seated Liberty QuartersSeated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.68 grams$0.25$3.3014
Barber QuartersBarber Quarters (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.0889
Standing Liberty QuartersStanding Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.0889
Washington QuartersWashington Quarters (1932-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper6.25 grams$0.25$3.0889
Washington Quarters Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0357
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters (1975-1976)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0357
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters 40% Silver (1975-1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper5.75 grams$0.25$1.2817
50 States and Territories Quarters50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0357
America The Beautiful QuartersAmerica The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel5.67 grams$0.25$0.0357
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$6.5890
Draped Bust Half DollarsDraped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$6.5890
Capped Bust Half DollarsCapped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper13.48 grams$0.50$6.6622
Seated Liberty Half DollarsSeated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper13.36 grams$0.50$6.6029
Barber Half DollarsBarber Half Dollars (1892-1915)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1778
Walking Liberty Half DollarsWalking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1778
Franklin Half DollarsFranklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1778
Kennedy Half DollarsKennedy Half Dollars (1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper12.5 grams$0.50$6.1778
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)40% Silver - 60% Copper11.5 grams$0.50$2.5634
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel11.34 grams$0.50$0.0714
Dollars
Flowing Hair DollarsFlowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$13.1781
Draped Bust Dollars   Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1804)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.96 grams$1.00$13.1781
Gobrecht DollarsGobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper26.8 grams$1.00$13.0998
Seated Liberty Dollars   Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$13.2107
Trade DollarsTrade Dollars (1873-1885)90% Silver - 10% Copper27.22 grams$1.00$13.4529
Morgan DollarsMorgan Dollars (1878-1921)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$13.2107
Peace DollarsPeace Dollars (1921-1935)90% Silver - 10% Copper26.73 grams$1.00$13.2107
Eisenhower DollarsEisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel22.68 grams$1.00$0.1427
Eisenhower Dollars Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)40% Silver - 60% Copper24.59 grams$1.00$5.4812
Susan B Anthony DollarsSusan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0510
Sacagawea DollarsSacagawea Dollars (2000-present)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0455
Presidential DollarsPresidential Dollars (2007-2016)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel8.1 grams$1.00$0.0455
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold DollarsLiberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$56.1513
Small Indian Head Gold DollarsSmall Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$56.1513
Large Indian Head Gold DollarsLarge Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper1.672 grams$1.00$56.1513
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$150.1147
Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCapped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808-1834)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper4.37 grams$2.50$150.1147
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$140.4917
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCoronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$140.3783
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleIndian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper4.18 grams$2.50$140.3783
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper5.015 grams$3.00$168.4204
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper7 grams$4.00$222.3103
Gold $5 Half Eagle
Turban Head Gold $5 Half EagleTurban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1795-1807)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$300.5730
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half EagleCapped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1834)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper8.75 grams$5.00$300.5730
Classic Head Gold $5 Half EagleClassic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper8.36 grams$5.00$280.9834
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half EagleCoronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$280.7566
Indian Head Gold $5 Half EagleIndian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper8.36 grams$5.00$280.7566
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 EagleTurban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1804)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper17.5 grams$10.00$601.1460
Coronet Head Gold $10 EagleCoronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$561.5132
Indian Head Gold $10 EagleIndian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper16.72 grams$10.00$561.5132
Gold $20 Double Eagle
Coronet Head Gold $20 Double EagleCoronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle (1849-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1123.0264
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double EagleSaint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper33.44 grams$20.00$1123.0264
Bullion Coins
American Silver Eagle Bullion CoinsAmerican Silver Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-Present)99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper31.101 grams$1.00$17.0468
$5 American Gold Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper3.393 grams$5.00$116.1175
$10 American Gold Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present) 91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper8.483 grams$10.00$290.3108
$25 American Gold Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper16.966 grams$25.00$580.6215
$50 American Gold Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $50 American Gold Eagle (1986-Present)91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper33.931 grams$50.00$1161.2089
$10 American Platinum Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $10 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008)99.95% Platinum3.112 grams$10.00$91.3828
$25 American Platinum Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $25 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008) 99.95% Platinum7.78 grams$25.00$228.4571
$50 American Platinum Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $50 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008)99.95% Platinum15.56 grams$50.00$456.9141
$100 American Platinum Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $100 American Platinum Eagle (1997-Present)99.95% Platinum31.12 grams$100.00$913.8283
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold3.1104 grams$5.00$116.0503
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold7.7759 grams$10.00$290.1221
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)99.99% Fine Gold15.5518 grams$25.00$580.2443
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2006 - Present)99.99% Fine Gold31.1035 grams$50.00$1160.4848
First Spouse Bullion CoinsFirst Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)99.99% Fine Gold15.554 grams$10.00$580.3264
America The Beautiful Bullion CoinsAmerica The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)99.9% Fine Silver155.52 grams$0.25$85.2929


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