U.S. Nickel Melt Value Calculator

How Much is the Metal in Your Nickels Worth?

Intrinsic Nickel Value Based on Current Metal Price

The U.S. Nickel Melt Value Calculator, available below, can be used to determine the total metallic value; and figure the total nickel and copper content of your hoard of United States issued nickels. Calculate by quantity, rolls of nickels, face value, or total weight. The nickel calculator will only compute what the metal content of your nickels is worth (intrinsic value), and will not include any numismatic (collector) value.

Do not try melting your nickels. It is currently illegal to do so in the U.S. Although you can use the nickel calculator to find the nickel & copper bullion value of your nickels. (Instructions Below)

You might also try one of the several other calculators from the drop-down menu above. For the melt value of 35% silver war nickels, use the U.S. War Nickel Melt Value Calculator. There is also a Canadian Nickel Melt Value Calculator, and for copper cents, the U.S. Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator.

Calculate by Total Quantity of Nickels: Quantity:
U.S. Nickel Total Quantity of Single U.S. Nickels
Rolls of U.S. Nickels Total Rolls(40 coins ea.) of U.S. Nickels
Calculate by Total Face Value of Nickels: Bags:
$1 Face Value of U.S. Nickels $1 Face Value of U.S. Nickels
$10 Face Value of U.S. Nickels $10 Face Value of U.S. Nickels
$50 Face Value of U.S. Nickels $50 Face Value of U.S. Nickels
$100 Face Value of U.S. Nickels $100 Face Value of U.S. Nickels
$1,000 Face Value of U.S. Nickels $1,000 Face Value of U.S. Nickels
Calculate by Total Weight of Nickels: Weight:
Ounce of U.S. Nickels Total Ounces of U.S. Nickels
Pound of U.S. Nickels Total Pounds of U.S. Nickels
Gram of U.S. Nickels Total Grams of U.S. Nickels
Kilo of U.S. Nickels Total Kilos of U.S. Nickels
Metal Prices:
Nickel:  /lb
Copper:  /lb
Metals Spot Price Last Updated on Server:
Price Spread:   %
Amount of Wear:   %

Total Metal Value:

Breakdown Totals by Metal
Metal Nickel   Copper

Price Spread
Bid Price: 
Ask Price: 
Does not include 35% silver war issued nickels minted from 1942-1945.
Resultant values will be rounded to two or more decimal places depending on length.

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

First off, figure out what method you will be using to enter the amount of U.S. nickels to calculate. You can indicate your amounts either by the total quantity of nickels, the total face value of your nickels, or by the total weight of your nickel hoard. You might also use a combination of methods depending on how you store your nickels.

The first option, showing the picture of a single U.S. nickel, is for entering an exact count of nickels. Using the text box on the right, enter a number representing the total quantity of nickels you want to know the metal value of. You could also simply click on the U.S. nickel picture, or on its link, to increase the value in its corresponding text box by a value of 1. The calculator will automatically update the Total Metal Value (in red), everytime a change is made to the amounts in any of the text boxes.

The next option below is for entering the amount of nickels by rolls of 40. This option has the same effect as if you had entered a value of 40 into the single nickel option text box. This option is helpful if you like storing your nickels inside of rolls or in coin tubes.

Your next five options are for indicating your amounts by the total face value of your nickels. There are $1, $10, $50, $100 and $1,000 options each representing 20, 200, 1,000, 2,000 and 20,000 nickels respectively. This option is great if your nickels are being stored in canvas bags. You could also enter decimal values for partial bags of nickels. For example, a value of 1.5 entered into the $100 Face Value Text Box would be equivalent to a $150 face value.

The final four options permit you to calculate the melt value of your nickels by thier weight. You can select to weigh either by ounces, pounds, grams, or kilograms. Just type a whole number or decimal representing the total weight of your nickels into the appropriate weight text box. If you are weighing your nickels inside a container or bag, you should subtract the weight of that 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 Metal Value is tallied based on the U.S. Dollar amount displayed in the Nickel Price and Copper Price text boxes. You could also use one of the other major world currencies available in the drop-down menu located underneath the prices. The default price is updated frequently during normal trading hours. The Nickel and Copper Prices can be adjusted to represent how much you would be willing to pay per pound for the metal contained in any stockpile of U.S. nickels. This will help you in finding the maximum bid you should enter for an online nickel auction.

The U.S. nickel calculator shows the total metal value and total metal content derived from the amount of nickel and copper contained in uncirculated U.S. nickels that have no wear. If your nickels have some wear due to circulation, they will not contain as much metal. You could insert a percentage of that wear in the "Amount of Wear" text box. An amount larger than the default of 0 (zero), will reduce the total metal value and total metal weight results accordingly.

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