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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 January 28 2015 10:12 PM CST:

Gold: $1281.40 per Ounce    Silver: $17.88 per Ounce    Platinum: $1253.40 per Ounce
Copper: $2.46 per Pound    Nickel: $6.68 per Pound    Zinc: $0.96 per Pound    Manganese: $2.15 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
$0.0366
Draped Bust Half Cents   Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0295
Classic Head Half Cents   Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0295
Braided Hair Half Cents   Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
100% Copper
5.44 grams
$0.005
$0.0295
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large Cents   Flowing Hair Large Cents (1793)
100% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.01
$0.0731
Liberty Cap Large Cents   Liberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)
100% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.01
$0.0731
Draped Bust Large Cents   Draped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0591
Classic Head Large Cents   Classic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0591
Coronet Liberty Head Large Cents   Coronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0591
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents   Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)
100% Copper
10.89 grams
$0.01
$0.0591
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small Cents   Flying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)
88% Copper - 12% Nickel
4.67 grams
$0.01
$0.0246
Indian Head Cent Small Cents   Indian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)
88% Copper - 12% Nickel
4.67 grams
$0.01
$0.0246
Indian Head Cent Small Cents    Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0164
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0164
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
3.11 grams
$0.01
$0.0164
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents    Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2009)
97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.01
$0.0055
Lincoln Shield Cent Small Cents   Lincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)
97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.01
$0.0055
Two Cents
 Two Cents    Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873)
95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc
6.22 grams
$0.02
$0.0327
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three Cents   Silver Three Cent Three Cents (1851-1853)
75% Silver - 25% Copper
0.8 grams
$0.03
$0.3460
Nickel Three Cent Three Cents   Nickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
1.94 grams
$0.03
$0.0150
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half Dimes   Flowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.6864
Draped Bust Half Dimes   Draped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.6915
Capped Bust Half Dimes   Capped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
1.35 grams
$0.05
$0.6992
Seated Liberty Half Dimes   Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
1.34 grams
$0.05
$0.6940
Nickels
Shield Nickels   Shield Nickels (1866-1883)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0387
Liberty Nickels   Liberty Nickels (1883-1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0387
Buffalo Nickels   Buffalo Nickels (1913)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0387
Jefferson Nickels    Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)
56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese
5 grams
$0.05
$1.0212
Jefferson Nickels   Jefferson Nickels (1938-2003)
75% Copper - 25% Nickel
5 grams
$0.05
$0.0387
Dimes
Draped Bust Dimes   Draped Bust Dimes (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.3830
Capped Bust Dimes   Capped Bust Dimes (1809-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
2.7 grams
$0.10
$1.3984
Seated Liberty Dimes   Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1838)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.67 grams
$0.10
$1.3828
Barber Dimes   Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.2948
Mercury Dimes   Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.2948
Roosevelt Dimes   Roosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
2.5 grams
$0.10
$1.2948
Roosevelt Dimes    Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
2.27 grams
$0.10
$0.0141
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents    Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
5 grams
$0.20
$2.5896
Quarters
Draped Bust Quarters   Draped Bust Quarters (1796)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
6.74 grams
$0.25
$3.4523
Capped Bust Quarters   Capped Bust Quarters (1815-1828)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
6.74 grams
$0.25
$3.4907
Seated Liberty Quarters   Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1840)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.68 grams
$0.25
$3.4597
Barber Quarters   Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.2370
Standing Liberty Quarters   Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.2370
Washington Quarters   Washington Quarters (1932-1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
6.25 grams
$0.25
$3.2370
Washington Quarters    Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0351
50 States and Territories Quarters   50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0351
America The Beautiful Quarters   America The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
5.67 grams
$0.25
$0.0351
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half Dollars   Flowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.9047
Draped Bust Half Dollars   Draped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1797)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.9047
Capped Bust Half Dollars   Capped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1836)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
13.48 grams
$0.50
$6.9815
Seated Liberty Half Dollars   Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1853)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
13.36 grams
$0.50
$6.9193
Barber Half Dollars   Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.4739
Walking Liberty Half Dollars   Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1917)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.4739
Franklin Half Dollars   Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.4739
Kennedy Half Dollars   Kennedy Half Dollars (1964)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
12.5 grams
$0.50
$6.4739
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
11.5 grams
$0.50
$2.6818
Kennedy Half Dollars    Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
11.34 grams
$0.50
$0.0703
Dollars
Flowing Hair Dollars   Flowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$13.8094
Draped Bust Dollars   Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1798)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.96 grams
$1.00
$13.8094
Gobrecht Dollars   Gobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)
89% Silver - 11% Copper
26.8 grams
$1.00
$13.7274
Seated Liberty Dollars   Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1866)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$13.8438
Trade Dollars   Trade Dollars (1873-1885)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
27.22 grams
$1.00
$14.0976
Morgan Dollars   Morgan Dollars (1878-1921)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$13.8438
Peace Dollars   Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
90% Silver - 10% Copper
26.73 grams
$1.00
$13.8438
Eisenhower Dollars   Eisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
22.68 grams
$1.00
$0.1406
Eisenhower Dollars    Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976)
40% Silver - 60% Copper
24.59 grams
$1.00
$5.7343
Susan B Anthony Dollars   Susan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)
91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0502
Sacagawea Dollars   Sacagawea Dollars (2000-2008)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0423
Presidential Dollars   Presidential Dollars (2007-2016)
88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel
8.1 grams
$1.00
$0.0423
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold Dollars   Liberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$61.9956
Small Indian Head Gold Dollars   Small Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$61.9956
Large Indian Head Gold Dollars   Large Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
1.672 grams
$1.00
$61.9956
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
$162.0340
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
$162.0340
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
$154.9890
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
$154.9890
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
$154.9890
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3   Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
5.015 grams
$3.00
$185.9497
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4   Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)
85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper
7 grams
$4.00
$245.4325
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
$324.4387
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
$324.4387
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
$309.9780
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1866)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$309.9780
Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle   Indian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
8.36 grams
$5.00
$309.9780
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
$648.8775
Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle   Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1839)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$619.9561
Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle   Indian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
16.72 grams
$10.00
$619.9561
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
$1239.9121
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle   Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1908)
90% Gold - 10% Copper
33.44 grams
$20.00
$1239.9121
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
$17.8662
$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
$128.2001
$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
$320.5192
$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
$641.0384
$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
$1282.0391
$10 Platinum American Eagle Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $10 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
3.112 grams
$10.00
$125.3439
$25 Platinum American Eagle Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $25 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
7.78 grams
$25.00
$313.3597
$50 Platinum American Eagle Half Ounce    Half Ounce $50 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
15.56 grams
$50.00
$626.7194
$100 Platinum American Eagle One Ounce    One Ounce $100 Platinum American Eagle (1997-Present)
99.95% Platinum
31.12 grams
$100.00
$1253.4388
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce    Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
3.1104 grams
$5.00
$128.1293
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce    Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
7.7759 grams
$10.00
$320.3192
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce    Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.5518 grams
$25.00
$640.6385
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce    One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2008)
99.99% Fine Gold
31.1035 grams
$50.00
$1281.2728
First Spouse Bullion Coins   First Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)
99.99% Fine Gold
15.554 grams
$10.00
$640.7291
America The Beautiful Bullion Coins   America The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)
99.9% Fine Silver
155.52 grams
$0.25
$89.3926


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