U.S. Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator

How Much is the Copper in Your Pennies Worth?

Intrinsic Penny Value Based on Current Copper Price

The U.S. Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator, located below, will help you in finding the total copper value and total copper content of your pre-1982 United States Lincoln 95% copper cents. Calculate by quantity, rolls of pennies, face value, or total weight. The copper cent calculator will only show you what the copper metal in your pennies is worth (intrinsic value), and will not indicate any numismatic (collector) or zinc value.

Do not attempt to actually melt your pennies, as it is currently illegal to do so in the United States. You may, however, use the copper penny calculator to figure the copper bullion value of your pennies or how much to pay for them. (Instructions Below)

You might also use one of the other calculators from the drop-down menu above. For U.S. Nickels try the U.S. Nickel Calculator. There is also the Canadian Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator, and the Scrap Copper Melt Value Calculator.

Calculate by Total Quantity of 95% Copper Pennies: Quantity:
Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Penny Total Quantity of Single U.S. Copper Pennies
Rolls of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies Total Rolls(50 coins ea.) of U.S. Copper Pennies
Calculate by Total Face Value of 95% Copper Pennies: Bags:
$1 Face Value of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies $1 Face Value of U.S. Copper Pennies
$10 Face Value of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies $10 Face Value of U.S. Copper Pennies
$50 Face Value of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies $50 Face Value of U.S. Copper Pennies
$100 Face Value of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies $100 Face Value of U.S. Copper Pennies
$1,000 Face Value of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies $1,000 Face Value of U.S. Copper Pennies
Calculate by Total Weight of 95% Copper Pennies: Weight:
Ounce of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies Total Ounces of U.S. Copper Pennies
Pound of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies Total Pounds of U.S. Copper Pennies
Gram of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies Total Grams of U.S. Copper Pennies
Kilo of Pre-1982 U.S. Copper Pennies Total Kilos of U.S. Copper Pennies
Copper Price per Pound:
Copper Spot Price Data Last Updated:
Currency:
Price Spread:   %
Amount of Wear:   %

Total Copper Value:

Total Copper Weight
Ounces: 
Pounds: 
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Price Spread
Bid Price: 
Ask Price: 
Resultant values will be rounded to two or more decimal places depending on length.
Calculator only figures the copper melt value of Pre-1982 U.S. Lincoln 95% Copper Pennies. 5% zinc and/or tin value and weight not included.
U.S. Pennies minted after 1982 consist of 97.5% zinc. 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. U.S. war issue pennies minted in 1943 consist of zinc coated steel and weigh 2.7 grams each.

How to use the U.S. Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator.

First decide what method you will be using to indicate the amount of copper pennies to calculate. You can enter your amounts either by the total quantity of copper pennies, the total face value of your copper pennies, or by the total weight of your copper penny hoard. You could also use a combination of methods depending on how your copper pennies are stored.

The first option, showing the picture of a single copper penny, is for entering an exact count of copper pennies. Use the text box on the right to enter a number representing the total quantity of copper pennies you wish to know the copper melt value of. As an alternative, you can simply click on the copper penny picture, or its link, to increase the value in its text box by 1. The calculator will automatically update the Total Copper Value (in red), whenever a change is made to the amounts in any of the text boxes.

The next option below is for entering the amount of copper pennies by rolls of 50. This has the same effect as entering a value of 50 in the single copper penny option text box. This option is nice if you like to store your copper pennies in rolls or coin tubes. If you received your penny rolls from the bank, be sure to inspect them to determine that they are all of the 95% copper variety. If any of those pennies are of the newer (post-1982) 97.5% zinc variety, then your calculation will not be accurate. This calculator is only designed for measuring the copper melt value of pre-1982 U.S. Lincoln 95% copper pennies.

Your next five options are for entering your amounts by the face value of your copper pennies. There are $1, $10, $50, $100 and $1,000 options each representing 100, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 100,000 copper pennies respectively. This option works well if your copper pennies are stored in canvas bags. You can also use decimal values for partial bags. For example, a value of 1.5 entered into the $10 Face Value Text Box would be equal to a $15 face value.

Your final four options allow you to calculate the melt value of your copper pennies by weighing them. You can choose to weigh by either ounces, pounds, grams, or kilograms. Just enter a whole number or decimal representing the total weight in the appropriate weight text box. If you are weighing your copper pennies inside a container or bag, be sure to subtract the weight of your container first. Do note that these are not Troy ounces or pounds. They are U.S. standard ounces and pounds (a.k.a. Avoirdupois).

The Total Copper Value is determined based on the U.S. Dollar amount displayed in the Copper Price text box. You could also use one of the other world currencies available in the drop-down menu located underneath the prices. The default price is updated frequently during normal trading hours. You can change the Copper Price to represent the amount you would like to pay per pound for the copper content in any stockpile of U.S. copper pennies. This can help you to decide the maximum bid you should enter for an online copper penny auction.

The copper cent calculator displays total copper value and total copper content with respect to the amount of copper contained in uncirculated copper pennies that have not received any wear. If your pennies have some wear due to circulation, they will not consist of as much copper. You may want to include a percentage of that wear in the "Amount of Wear" text box. A value greater than the default of 0 (zero), will decrease the total copper value and total copper weight results accordingly.

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