Have silver or gold coins? Or pennies or nickels? This coin melt value calculator will tell you the intrinsic value of your U.S. and Canadian coins, based on the amount of silver, gold, copper, nickel, and zinc contained in the coins. This calculator only shows the coins' melt values based on the metals contained in them, not the collector value, which is based on factors such as rarity and condition.

What is melt value?

Some coins, especially older ones, are composed of metals that are considered valuable. These metals include silver and gold, long valued for their rarity, and to a lesser extent, copper, nickel, and zinc. Coins with these metals in them take on a value separate from the face value written on them, due to the value of the metals they are composed of. This value is known as the melt value of a coin, so named because if the coin were to be melted down, the metals produced would still hold value.

The melt value of a coin can fluctuate as the market values of silver, gold, and other metals increase and decrease. In general, expect silver and gold coins to be worth far more than face value. Nickel, copper, or zinc coins will not be worth as much, and sometimes the melt value is less than the monetary face value of the coin. Most modern coins are made of inexpensive metals such as steel. These coins are not listed on this page because their melt value is negligible.

Finally, a disclaimer: don't actually melt your coins for precious metals. In Canada and the U.S., this is illegal.

Using this calculator

This calculator lists a variety of U.S. and Canadian coins, providing their weight and metal composition. Their melt value is displayed next to the coin's description. Enter a number in the quantity ("Qty") box to indicate how many of each type of coin you have, and the total melt value will be displayed.

If you click the round info icons, you will see a breakdown of metals inside the coins and their value. This will show you more detail about the coins chosen.

U.S. Coins

USA Half cent
1793
6.74 g; 100% Copper
1794
6.74 g; 100% Copper
1795 (Lettered Edge)
6.74 g; 100% Copper
1795 (Plain Edge)
5.44 g; 100% Copper
1796-1797
5.44 g; 100% Copper
1800-1808
5.44 g; 100% Copper
1809-1836
5.45 g; 100% Copper
1840-1857
5.44 g; 100% Copper
USA 1 cent
1793-1794
13.5 g; 100% Copper
1795 (13.5 grams)
13.5 g; 100% Copper
1795 (10.9 grams)
10.9 g; 100% Copper
1796-1807
10.9 g; 100% Copper
1808-1814
10.89 g; 100% Copper
1816-1855
10.89 g; 100% Copper
1856-1857 (Large)
10.89 g; 100% Copper
1856-1857 (Small)
4.7 g; 88% Copper
1858
4.7 g; 88% Copper
1859-1908
4.67 g; 88% Copper
1909 (Indian)
4.67 g; 88% Copper
1909 (Wheat)
3.11 g; 95% Copper
1910-1958
3.11 g; 95% Copper
1959-1982
3.11 g; 95% Copper
USA 2 cents
1863-1873
6.2 g; 95% Copper
USA 3 cents
1851-1853
0.8 g; 75% Silver
1854-1858
0.75 g; 90% Silver
1859-1864
0.75 g; 90% Silver
1865-1873 (Silver)
0.75 g; 90% Silver
1865-1873 (Cupronickel)
1.9 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1874-1889
1.9 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
USA Half dime
1792
1.35 g; 89.2% Silver
1794-1795
1.3 g; 89.2% Silver
1796-1797
1.3 g; 89.2% Silver
1800-1805
1.3 g; 89.2% Silver
1829-1836
1.35 g; 89.3% Silver
1837 (Capped Bust)
1.35 g; 89.3% Silver
1837 (Seated Liberty)
1.3 g; 90% Silver
1838-1852
1.3 g; 90% Silver
1853 (No arrowheads at date)
1.3 g; 90% Silver
1853 (Arrowheads at date)
1.2 g; 90% Silver
1854-1873
1.2 g; 90% Silver
USA Nickel
1866-1882
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1883 (Shield)
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1883 (Liberty)
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1884-1912
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1913-1937
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1938 (Indian)
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1938 (Jefferson)
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1939-1941
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1942 (Original)
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1942 (Wartime)
5 g; 35% Silver
1943-1945
5 g; 35% Silver
1946-Present
5 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
USA Dime
1796-1807
2.7 g; 89.2% Silver
1809-1836
2.7 g; 89.2% Silver
1837 (Capped Bust)
2.7 g; 89.2% Silver
1837 (Seated Liberty)
2.7 g; 90% Silver
1838-1891
2.7 g; 90% Silver
1892-1945
2.5 g; 90% Silver
1946-1964
2.5 g; 90% Silver
USA 20 cents
1875-1878
5 g; 90% Silver
USA Quarter Dollar
1796
6.74 g; 89% Silver
1804-1807
6.74 g; 89% Silver
1815-1836
6.74 g; 89% Silver
1837
6.7 g; 90% Silver
1838 (Capped Bust)
6.7 g; 90% Silver
1838 (Seated Liberty)
6.68 g; 90% Silver
1839-1852
6.68 g; 90% Silver
1853 (No arrowheads at date)
6.68 g; 90% Silver
1853 (Arrowheads at date)
6.22 g; 90% Silver
1854-1872
6.22 g; 90% Silver
1873 (No arrowheads at date)
6.22 g; 90% Silver
1873 (Ao arrowheads at date)
6.25 g; 90% Silver
1874-1891
6.25 g; 90% Silver
1892-1915
6.25 g; 90% Silver
1916 (Barber)
6.25 g; 90% Silver
1916 (Standing Liberty)
6.3 g; 90% Silver
1917
6.3 g; 90% Silver
1918-1930
6.15 g; 90% Silver
1932-1964
6.3 g; 90% Silver
USA Half Dollar
1794-1795
13.5 g; 89.2% Silver
1796-1797
13.5 g; 89.2% Silver
1801-1807
13.5 g; 89.2% Silver
1808-1835
13.48 g; 89.2% Silver
1836 (Lettered edge)
13.48 g; 89.2% Silver
1836 (Reeded edge)
13.48 g; 90% Silver
1837-1852
13.36 g; 90% Silver
1853 (No arrowheads at date)
13.36 g; 90% Silver
1853 (Arrowheads at date)
12.44 g; 90% Silver
1854-1872
12.44 g; 90% Silver
1873 (No arrowheads at date)
12.44 g; 90% Silver
1873 (Arrowheads at date)
12.5 g; 90% Silver
1874
12.5 g; 90% Silver
1875-1891
12.44 g; 90% Silver
1892-1915
12.5 g; 90% Silver
1916-1947
12.5 g; 90% Silver
1948-1963
12.5 g; 90% Silver
1964
12.5 g; 90% Silver
USA Dollar
1794-1804
27 g; 90% Silver
1840-1872
26.73 g; 90% Silver
1873 (Seated Liberty)
26.73 g; 90% Silver
1873 (Trade)
27.2 g; 90% Silver
1874-1877
27.2 g; 90% Silver
1878 (Trade)
27.2 g; 90% Silver
1878 (Morgan)
26.73 g; 90% Silver
1879-1920
26.73 g; 90% Silver
1921 (Morgan)
26.73 g; 90% Silver
1921 (Peace)
26.7 g; 90% Silver
1922-1964
26.7 g; 90% Silver
USA Gold Dollar
1849-1889
1.7 g; 90% Gold
USA Quarter Eagle
1796-1807
4.37 g; 91.7% Gold
1808-1833
4.37 g; 91.7% Gold
1834 (Capped Head)
4.37 g; 91.7% Gold
1834 (Classic Head)
4.18 g; 90% Gold
1835-1839
4.18 g; 90% Gold
1840-1907
4.18 g; 90% Gold
1908-1929
4.18 g; 90% Gold
USA Three Dollars
1854-1889
5.02 g; 90% Gold
USA Half Eagle
1795-1833
8.748 g; 91.7% Gold
1834 (Capped Bust)
8.748 g; 91.7% Gold
1834 (Classic Head)
8.24 g; 89.9% Gold
1835-1836
8.24 g; 89.9% Gold
1837-1838
8.24 g; 90% Gold
1839-1929
8.24 g; 90% Gold
USA Eagle
1795-1804
17.5 g; 91.7% Gold
1838-1933
16.7 g; 90% Gold
USA Double Eagle
1849-1933
33.4 g; 90% Gold

Canadian Coins

Canada 1 cent
1858-1859
4.54 g; 95% Copper
1876-1919
5.67 g; 95.5% Copper
1920 (Large)
5.67 g; 95.5% Copper
1920 (Small)
3.24 g; 95.5% Copper
1921-1941
3.24 g; 95.5% Copper
1942-1977
3.24 g; 98% Copper
1978-1979
3.24 g; 98% Copper
1980-1981
2.8 g; 98% Copper
1982-1996
2.5 g; 98% Copper
Canada 5 cents
1858-1901
1.167 g; 92.5% Silver
1902-1910
1.167 g; 92.5% Silver
1911-1919
1.167 g; 92.5% Silver
1920-1921
1.167 g; 80% Silver
1922-1936
4.54 g; 99.9% Nickel
1937-1941
4.54 g; 99.9% Nickel
1942 (Nickel)
4.54 g; 99.9% Nickel
1942 (Tombac)
4.54 g; 88% Copper, 12% Zinc
1943
4.54 g; 88% Copper, 12% Zinc
1946-1950
4.54 g; 99.9% Nickel
1951 (Nickel)
4.54 g; 99.9% Nickel
1955-1964
4.54 g; 99.9% Nickel
1965-1981
4.54 g; 99.9% Nickel
1982-1989
4.6 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
1990-1999
4.6 g; 25% Nickel, 75% Copper
Canada 10 cents
1858-1910
2.32 g; 92.5% Silver
1911-1919
2.33 g; 92.5% Silver
1920-1936
2.33 g; 80% Silver
1937-1966
2.33 g; 80% Silver
1967 (80% Silver)
2.33 g; 80% Silver
1967 (50% Silver)
2.33 g; 50% Silver
1968 (Silver)
2.33 g; 50% Silver
1958 (Nickel)
2.07 g; 99.9% Nickel
1969-1978
2.07 g; 99.9% Nickel
1979-1999
2.075 g; 99.9% Nickel
Canada 20 cents
1858
4.67 g; 92.5% Silver
Canada 25 cents
1870-1901
5.81 g; 92.5% Silver
1902-1910
5.81 g; 92.5% Silver
1911-1919
5.83 g; 92.5% Silver
1920-1952
5.83 g; 80% Silver
1953-1966
5.83 g; 80% Silver
1967 (80% Silver)
5.83 g; 80% Silver
1967 (50% Silver)
5.83 g; 50% Silver
1968 (Silver)
5.83 g; 50% Silver
1968 (Nickel)
5.05 g; 99.9% Nickel
1969-1999
5.05 g; 99.9% Nickel
Canada 50 cents
1970-1901
11.62 g; 92.5% Silver
1902-1910
11.62 g; 92.5% Silver
1911-1919
11.62 g; 92.5% Silver
1920-1936
11.66 g; 80% Silver
1937-1952
11.66 g; 80% Silver
1953-1967
11.66 g; 80% Silver
1968-1999
8.1 g; 99.9% Nickel
Canada 1 Dollar
1935-1936
23.3 g; 80% Silver
1937-1952
23.3 g; 80% Silver
1953-1967
23.3 g; 80% Silver
Canada 5 Dollars
1912-1914
8.36 g; 90% Gold
Canada 10 Dollars
1912-1914
16.72 g; 90% Gold
New Brunswick Half cent
1861
2.835 g; 95% Copper
New Brunswick 1 cent
1861-1864
5.67 g; 95% Copper
New Brunswick 5 cents
1862-1864
1.162 g; 92.5% Silver
New Brunswick 10 cents
1862-1864
2.324 g; 92.5% Silver
New Brunswick 20 cents
1862-1864
4.648 g; 92.5% Silver
Newfoundland 1 cent
1865-1896
5.67 g; 95% Copper
1904-1909
5.67 g; 95% Copper
1913-1920
5.67 g; 95% Copper
1929
5.67 g; 95.5% Copper
1936
5.67 g; 95.5% Copper
1938-1947
3.24 g; 95.5% Copper
Newfoundland 5 cents
1865-1896
1.178 g; 92.5% Silver
1903-1908
1.178 g; 92.5% Silver
1912
1.178 g; 92.5% Silver
1917
1.166 g; 92.5% Silver
1919
1.166 g; 92.5% Silver
1929
1.166 g; 92.5% Silver
1938-1944
1.166 g; 92.5% Silver
1945-1947
1.166 g; 80% Silver
Newfoundland 10 cents
1865-1896
2.356 g; 92.5% Silver
1903-1904
2.356 g; 92.5% Silver
1912
2.356 g; 92.5% Silver
1917
2.333 g; 92.5% Silver
1919
2.333 g; 92.5% Silver
1938-1944
2.333 g; 92.5% Silver
1945-1947
2.333 g; 80% Silver
Newfoundland 20 cents
1865-1900
4.713 g; 92.5% Silver
1904
4.713 g; 92.5% Silver
1912
4.713 g; 92.5% Silver
Newfoundland 25 cents
1917-1919
5.32 g; 92.5% Silver
Newfoundland 50 cents
1870-1900
11.782 g; 92.5% Silver
1904-1909
11.782 g; 92.5% Silver
1911
11.782 g; 92.5% Silver
1917-1919
11.664 g; 92.5% Silver
Newfoundland 2 Dollars
1865-1888
3.328 g; 91.7% Gold
Nova Scotia Half cent
1861-1864
2.835 g; 95% Copper
Nova Scotia 1 cent
1861-1864
5.67 g; 95% Copper
PEI 1 cent
1871
5.67 g; 95% Copper

What is melt value?

Some coins, especially older ones, are composed of metals that are considered valuable. These metals include silver and gold, long valued for their rarity, and to a lesser extent, copper, nickel, and zinc. Coins with these metals in them take on a value separate from the face value written on them, due to the value of the metals they are composed of. This value is known as the melt value of a coin, so named because if the coin were to be melted down, the metals produced would still hold value.

The melt value of a coin can fluctuate as the market values of silver, gold, and other metals increase and decrease. In general, expect silver and gold coins to be worth far more than face value. Nickel, copper, or zinc coins will not be worth as much, and sometimes the melt value is less than the monetary face value of the coin. Most modern coins are made of inexpensive metals such as steel. These coins are not listed on this page because their melt value is negligible.

Finally, a disclaimer: don't actually melt your coins for precious metals. In Canada and the U.S., this is illegal.

Using this calculator

This calculator lists a variety of U.S. and Canadian coins, providing their weight and metal composition. Their melt value is displayed next to the coin's description. Enter a number in the quantity ("Qty") box to indicate how many of each type of coin you have, and the total melt value will be displayed.

If you click the round info icons, you will see a breakdown of metals inside the coins and their value. This will show you more detail about the coins chosen.

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