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 on USA Coin Book, 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, Palladium and Copper. Updated Daily: Nickel, Zinc and Manganese.
As of May 23 2024 07:57 PM CDT:
Gold: $2341.51 per Ounce
Silver: $30.32 per Ounce
Platinum: $1033.54 per Ounce
Palladium: $1005.88 per Ounce
Copper: $4.77 per Pound
Nickel: $8.98 per Pound
Zinc: $1.36 per Pound
Manganese: $2422.18 per Ton

Image Type Description Metal Content Composition Weight Denomination Melt Value
Half Cents
Liberty Cap Half CentsLiberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)100% Copper 6.74 grams$0.005$0.0709
Draped Bust Half CentsDraped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)100% Copper 5.44 grams$0.005$0.0572
Classic Head Half CentsClassic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)100% Copper 5.44 grams$0.005$0.0572
Braided Hair Half CentsBraided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)100% Copper 5.44 grams$0.005$0.0572
Large Cents
Flowing Hair Large CentsFlowing Hair Large Cents (1793)100% Copper 13.48 grams$0.01$0.1418
Liberty Cap Large CentsLiberty Cap Large Cents (1793-1796)100% Copper 13.48 grams$0.01$0.1418
Draped Bust Large CentsDraped Bust Large Cents (1796-1807)100% Copper 10.89 grams$0.01$0.1145
Classic Head Large CentsClassic Head Large Cents (1808-1814)100% Copper 10.89 grams$0.01$0.1145
Coronet Liberty Head Large CentsCoronet Liberty Head Large Cents (1816-1839)100% Copper 10.89 grams$0.01$0.1145
Braided Hair Liberty Head Large CentsBraided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents (1839-1857)100% Copper 10.89 grams$0.01$0.1145
Small Cents
Flying Eagle Cent Small CentsFlying Eagle Cent Small Cents (1856-1858)88% Copper - 12% Nickel 4.67 grams$0.01$0.0474
Indian Head Cent Small CentsIndian Head Cent Copper-Nickel Comp. (1859-1864)88% Copper - 12% Nickel 4.67 grams$0.01$0.0474
Indian Head Cent Small Cents Indian Head Cent Bronze Comp. (1864 - 1909) 95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc 3.11 grams $0.01 $0.0315
Lincoln Wheat Cent Small CentsLincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents (1909-1958)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc 3.11 grams$0.01$0.0315
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small CentsLincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents (1959-1982)95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc 3.11 grams$0.01$0.0315
Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents Lincoln Memorial Cent (1982 - 2008) 97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper 2.5 grams $0.01 $0.0080
Lincoln Bicentennial Cents Lincoln Bicentennial Cents (2009) 97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper 2.5 grams $0.01 $0.0080
Lincoln Shield Cent Small CentsLincoln Shield Cent Small Cents (2010-Present)97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper 2.5 grams$0.01$0.0080
Two Cents
 Two Cents Two Cents Pieces (1864-1873) 95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc 6.22 grams $0.02 $0.0631
Three Cents
Silver Three Cent Three CentsSilver Three Cents (1851-1873)75% Silver - 25% Copper 0.8 grams$0.03$0.5870
Nickel Three Cent Three CentsNickel Three Cent Three Cents (1865-1889)75% Copper - 25% Nickel 1.94 grams$0.03$0.0249
Half Dimes
Flowing Hair Half DimesFlowing Hair Half Dimes (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper 1.34 grams$0.05$1.1641
Draped Bust Half DimesDraped Bust Half Dimes (1796-1805)89% Silver - 11% Copper 1.35 grams$0.05$1.1728
Capped Bust Half DimesCapped Bust Half Dimes (1829-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper 1.35 grams$0.05$1.1728
Seated Liberty Half DimesSeated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper 1.34 grams$0.05$1.1770
Nickels
Shield NickelsShield Nickels (1866-1883)75% Copper - 25% Nickel 5 grams$0.05$0.0642
Liberty NickelsLiberty Nickels (1883-1913)75% Copper - 25% Nickel 5 grams$0.05$0.0642
Buffalo NickelsBuffalo Nickels (1913-1938)75% Copper - 25% Nickel 5 grams$0.05$0.0642
Jefferson Nickels Jefferson Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945) 56% Copper - 35% Silver - 9% Manganese 5 grams $0.05 $1.7366
Jefferson NickelsJefferson Nickels (1938-2003)75% Copper - 25% Nickel 5 grams$0.05$0.0642
Westward Journey Nickels Jefferson Westward Journey Nickels (2004-2005) 75% Copper - 25% Nickel 5 grams $0.05 $0.0642
Jefferson Nickel Return to Monticello Jefferson 'Return to Monticello' Nickels (2006 - Present) 75% Copper - 25% Nickel 5 grams $0.05 $0.0642
Dimes
Draped Bust DimesDraped Bust Dimes (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper 2.7 grams$0.10$2.3456
Capped Bust DimesCapped Bust Dimes (1809-1837)89% Silver - 11% Copper 2.7 grams$0.10$2.3456
Seated Liberty DimesSeated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper 2.67 grams$0.10$2.3453
Barber DimesBarber Dimes (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper 2.5 grams$0.10$2.1960
Mercury DimesMercury Dimes (1916-1945)90% Silver - 10% Copper 2.5 grams$0.10$2.1960
Roosevelt DimesRoosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper 2.5 grams$0.10$2.1960
Roosevelt Dimes Roosevelt Dimes Clad (1965 - Present) 91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 2.27 grams $0.10 $0.0256
Twenty Cents
 Twenty Cents Twenty Cents Pieces (1875-1878) 90% Silver - 10% Copper 5 grams $0.20 $4.3919
Quarters
Draped Bust QuartersDraped Bust Quarters (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper 6.74 grams$0.25$5.8553
Capped Bust QuartersCapped Bust Quarters (1815-1838)89% Silver - 11% Copper 6.74 grams$0.25$5.8553
Seated Liberty QuartersSeated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper 6.68 grams$0.25$5.8676
Barber QuartersBarber Quarters (1892-1916)90% Silver - 10% Copper 6.25 grams$0.25$5.4899
Standing Liberty QuartersStanding Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)90% Silver - 10% Copper 6.25 grams$0.25$5.4899
Washington QuartersWashington Quarters (1932-1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper 6.25 grams$0.25$5.4899
Washington Quarters Washington Quarters Clad (1965 - Present) 91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 5.67 grams $0.25 $0.0640
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters (1975-1976) 91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 5.67 grams $0.25 $0.0640
Washington Bicentennial Quarters Washington Bicentennial Quarters 40% Silver (1975-1976) 40% Silver - 60% Copper 5.75 grams $0.25 $2.2783
50 States and Territories Quarters50 States and Territories Quarters (1999-2008)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 5.67 grams$0.25$0.0640
America The Beautiful QuartersAmerica The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 5.67 grams$0.25$0.0640
American Women QuartersAmerican Women Quarters (2022-2025)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 5.67 grams$0.25$0.0640
Half Dollars
Flowing Hair Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper 13.48 grams$0.50$11.7106
Draped Bust Half DollarsDraped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1807)89% Silver - 11% Copper 13.48 grams$0.50$11.7106
Capped Bust Half DollarsCapped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper 13.48 grams$0.50$11.7106
Seated Liberty Half DollarsSeated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)90% Silver - 10% Copper 13.36 grams$0.50$11.7352
Barber Half DollarsBarber Half Dollars (1892-1915)90% Silver - 10% Copper 12.5 grams$0.50$10.9798
Walking Liberty Half DollarsWalking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)90% Silver - 10% Copper 12.5 grams$0.50$10.9798
Franklin Half DollarsFranklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)90% Silver - 10% Copper 12.5 grams$0.50$10.9798
Kennedy Half DollarsKennedy Half Dollars (1964)90% Silver - 10% Copper 12.5 grams$0.50$10.9798
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars 40% Silver (1965 - 1970) 40% Silver - 60% Copper 11.5 grams $0.50 $4.5567
Kennedy Half Dollars Kennedy Half Dollars Clad (1971 - Present) 91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 11.34 grams $0.50 $0.1280
Dollars
Flowing Hair DollarsFlowing Hair Dollars (1794-1795)89% Silver - 11% Copper 26.96 grams$1.00$23.4212
Draped Bust Dollars   Draped Bust Dollars (1795-1804)89% Silver - 11% Copper 26.96 grams$1.00$23.4212
Gobrecht DollarsGobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)89% Silver - 11% Copper 26.8 grams$1.00$23.2822
Seated Liberty Dollars   Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)90% Silver - 10% Copper 26.73 grams$1.00$23.4791
Trade DollarsTrade Dollars (1873-1885)90% Silver - 10% Copper 27.22 grams$1.00$23.9095
Morgan DollarsMorgan Dollars (1878-1921)90% Silver - 10% Copper 26.73 grams$1.00$23.4791
Peace DollarsPeace Dollars (1921-1935)90% Silver - 10% Copper 26.73 grams$1.00$23.4791
Eisenhower DollarsEisenhower Dollars (1971-1978)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 22.68 grams$1.00$0.2560
Eisenhower Dollars Eisenhower Dollars 40% Silver (1971 - 1976) 40% Silver - 60% Copper 24.59 grams $1.00 $9.7434
Susan B Anthony DollarsSusan B Anthony Dollars (1979-1981 + 1999)91.67% Copper - 8.33% Nickel 8.1 grams$1.00$0.0914
Native American & Sacagawea DollarsNative American & Sacagawea Dollars (2000-present)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel 8.1 grams$1.00$0.0808
Presidential DollarsPresidential Dollars (2007-2020)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel 8.1 grams$1.00$0.0808
American Innovation DollarsAmerican Innovation Dollars (2018-2032)88.5% Copper - 6% Zinc - 3.5% Manganese - 2% Nickel 8.1 grams$1.00$0.0808
Gold Dollars
Liberty Head Gold DollarsLiberty Head Gold Dollars (1849-1854)90% Gold - 10% Copper 1.672 grams$1.00$113.2851
Small Indian Head Gold DollarsSmall Indian Head Gold Dollars (1854-1856)90% Gold - 10% Copper 1.672 grams$1.00$113.2851
Large Indian Head Gold DollarsLarge Indian Head Gold Dollars (1856-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper 1.672 grams$1.00$113.2851
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 Copper 4.37 grams$2.50$302.8332
Capped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCapped Bust Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1808-1834)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper 4.37 grams$2.50$302.8332
Classic Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleClassic Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1834-1839)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper 4.18 grams$2.50$283.4142
Coronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleCoronet Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1840-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper 4.18 grams$2.50$283.2126
Indian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter EagleIndian Head Gold $2.50 Quarter Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper 4.18 grams$2.50$283.2126
Gold $3
Indian Princess Head Gold $3Indian Princess Head Gold $3 (1854-1889)90% Gold - 10% Copper 5.015 grams$3.00$339.7874
Gold $4
Stella Gold $4Stella Gold $4 (1879-1880)85% Gold - 15% Silver and Copper 7 grams$4.00$448.4410
Gold $5 Half Eagle
Turban Head Gold $5 Half EagleTurban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1795-1807)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper 8.75 grams$5.00$606.3593
Capped Bust Gold $5 Half EagleCapped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle (1807-1834)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper 8.75 grams$5.00$606.3593
Classic Head Gold $5 Half EagleClassic Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1834-1838)90% Gold - 10% Silver and Copper 8.36 grams$5.00$566.8283
Coronet Head Gold $5 Half EagleCoronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1839-1908)90% Gold - 10% Copper 8.36 grams$5.00$566.4253
Indian Head Gold $5 Half EagleIndian Head Gold $5 Half Eagle (1908-1929)90% Gold - 10% Copper 8.36 grams$5.00$566.4253
Gold $10 Eagle
Turban Head Gold $10 EagleTurban Head Gold $10 Eagle (1795-1804)92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper 17.5 grams$10.00$1212.7186
Coronet Head Gold $10 EagleCoronet Head Gold $10 Eagle (1838-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper 16.72 grams$10.00$1132.8505
Indian Head Gold $10 EagleIndian Head Gold $10 Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper 16.72 grams$10.00$1132.8505
Gold $20 Double Eagle
Coronet Head Gold $20 Double EagleCoronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle (1849-1907)90% Gold - 10% Copper 33.44 grams$20.00$2265.7010
Saint Gaudens Gold $20 Double EagleSaint Gaudens Gold $20 Double Eagle (1907-1933)90% Gold - 10% Copper 33.44 grams$20.00$2265.7010
Bullion Coins
American Silver Eagle Bullion CoinsAmerican Silver Eagle Bullion Coins (1986-2021)99.93% Silver - 0.07% Copper 31.101 grams$1.00$30.2966
$5 American Gold Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 American Gold Eagle (1986-2021) 91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper 3.393 grams $5.00 $234.2533
$10 American Gold Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 American Gold Eagle (1986-2021) 91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper 8.483 grams $10.00 $585.6677
$25 American Gold Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 American Gold Eagle (1986-2021) 91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper 16.966 grams $25.00 $1171.3355
$50 American Gold Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $50 American Gold Eagle (1986-2021) 91.67% Gold - 3% Silver - 5.33% Copper 33.931 grams $50.00 $2342.6019
$10 American Platinum Eagle Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $10 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008) 99.95% Platinum 3.112 grams $10.00 $103.3572
$25 American Platinum Eagle Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $25 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008) 99.95% Platinum 7.78 grams $25.00 $258.3930
$50 American Platinum Eagle Half Ounce Half Ounce $50 American Platinum Eagle (1997-2008) 99.95% Platinum 15.56 grams $50.00 $516.7860
$100 American Platinum Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $100 American Platinum Eagle (1997-Present) 99.95% Platinum 31.12 grams $100.00 $1033.5720
$25 American Palladium Eagle One Ounce One Ounce $25 American Palladium Eagle (2017-Present) 99.95% Palladium 31.12 grams $25.00 $1005.9111
$5 Gold American Buffalo Tenth Ounce Tenth Ounce $5 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold 3.1104 grams $5.00 $234.1315
$10 Gold American Buffalo Quarter Ounce Quarter Ounce $10 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold 7.7759 grams $10.00 $585.3213
$25 Gold American Buffalo Half Ounce Half Ounce $25 Gold American Buffalo (2008) 99.99% Fine Gold 15.5518 grams $25.00 $1170.6426
$50 Gold American Buffalo One Ounce One Ounce $50 Gold American Buffalo (2006 - Present) 99.99% Fine Gold 31.1035 grams $50.00 $2341.2776
First Spouse Bullion CoinsFirst Spouse Bullion Coins (2007-2016)99.99% Fine Gold 15.554 grams$10.00$1170.8082
America The Beautiful Bullion CoinsAmerica The Beautiful Bullion Coins (2010-Present)99.9% Fine Silver 155.52 grams$0.25$151.5874


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