U.S. Coin Melt Value Calculator

How Much is the Metal in Your Coins Worth?

Intrinsic Coin Value from Base Metal Price

The U.S. Coin Melt Value Calculator, displayed below, will show you the total base metal value and content of an individual United States circulating coin or a mix of different types and quantities of U.S. circulating coins. The U.S. coin calculator is for modern non-silver coins, and will only calculate what the base metal content of your coins is worth (intrinsic value), and will not determine any numismatic (collector) value.

Use the coin calculator to learn what the base metal content of your coins is worth based on the spot price of their underlying metals or by another value of your choice. (Instructions Below)

You might also try one of many other calculators from the drop-down menu above. For U.S. silver coins, use the U.S. Silver Coin Melt Value Calculator. Also, the U.S. Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator and the U.S. Nickel Melt Value Calculator include options to calculate by rolls, face value, or total weight.

Number of Coins:
95% Copper Lincoln Cent 1909-1982   95% Copper Lincoln Cent *
97.5% Zinc Lincoln Cent 1982-2023   97.5% Zinc Lincoln Cent
Jefferson Nickel 1938-2023   Jefferson Nickel **
Roosevelt Dime 1965-2023   Roosevelt Dime
Washington Quarter 1965-2023   Washington Quarter
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971-2023   Kennedy Half Dollar
Eisenhower Dollar 1971-1978   Eisenhower Dollar
Susan B. Anthony Dollar 1979-1981 & 1999   Susan B. Anthony Dollar
Sacagawea Dollar 2000-2023   Sacagawea Dollar
Presidential Dollar 2007-2016 & 2020   Presidential Dollar
Metal Prices:
Copper:  /lb
Manganese:  /kg
Nickel:  /lb
Zinc:  /lb
Metals Spot Price Last Updated on Server:
Amount of Wear:   %

Total Metal Value:

Breakdown Totals by Metal
Metal Total Pounds   Value
Resultant values will be rounded to two or more decimal places depending on length.
* Does not include war issued steel cent from 1943. Both 95% copper & 97.5% zinc cents were minted in 1982. The copper cent weighs 3.11 grams. The zinc cent weighs 2.5 grams.
** Does not include 35% silver war issued nickels minted from 1942-1945.

How to use the U.S. Coin Melt Value Calculator.

Enter the total quantity of coins for each type of U.S. coin in the entire coin lot. Enter your numbers in the corresponding text boxes to the right of each coin description (blue link). As an alternative, you can simply click on the coin's picture, or its link, to increase the value in its text box by 1. The calculator will automatically update the Total Metal Value (in red), whenever a change is made to the number of coins.

The Total Metal Value is computed based on the U.S. Dollar amount declared in the Copper, Manganese, Nickel, and Zinc price text boxes. You could also use one of the other currencies available in the drop-down menu located underneath the prices. The copper, nickel and zinc values are derived from the price per pound of those metals, while the manganese value is figured at the price per kilogram. The default price is updated frequently during normal trading hours. You can alter any of the Base Metal Prices to values of your choice.

The U.S. coin calculator provides total base metal value and total base metal content figured by the measure of respective base metals contained in uncirculated coins with no wear. A circulated coin that does indicate some wear may not have as much metal. You might want to indicate a percentage of that wear in the "Amount of Wear" text box. A number larger than the default of 0 (zero), will bring down the total metal value and total metal weight results accordingly.

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