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Silver: $29.25 down -0.60  Gold: $2400.84 -44.31
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"What gives? Why are classic U.S. gold coins currently lagging behind the rising gold market? The situation is an example of risk versus reward. As long as you believe bullion prices will continue to rise, the market will catch up, and small premiums over the melt value usually return, albeit after the market accepts the new market levels. Coin dealers have to believe they’re making the correct move, too."
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United States Circulating Coin Values
This table does not reflect U.S. Mint production costs, but the pure base metal value that composes the coin. Calculations are based on coin weight, metal composition, and base metal prices. The "Metal % of Face Value" column represents the percentage of metal that comprises the denomination's purchasing power. A coin that is over 100% in this category has more base metal value than purchasing power.

Table based on July 19, 2024 mid-day base metal prices:
Copper $4.1944/lb down 0.0200 Zinc $1.2388/lb down 0.0140 Nickel $7.3006/lb down 0.0550

Description Face Value Metal Value Metal % of Face Value
Lincoln Copper Cent1909-1982 Cent (95% copper) *
$0.01
$0.0277446
277.44%
Jefferson Nickel1946-2014 Nickel
$0.05
$0.0547946
109.58%
Lincoln Zinc Cent1982-2014 Cent (97.5% zinc) *
$0.01
$0.0072345
72.34%
Roosevelt Dime1965-2014 Dime
$0.10
$0.0222644
22.26%
Washington Quarter1965-2014 Quarter
$0.25
$0.0556634
22.26%
Kennedy Half Dollar1971-2014 Half Dollar
$0.50
$0.1113280
22.26%
Ike Dollar1971-1978 Eisenhower Dollar
$1.00
$0.2226572
22.26%
Susan B. Anthony Dollar1979-1981, 1999 SBA Dollar
$1.00
$0.0795196
7.95%
Sacajawea Dollar2000-2014 Sacagawea Dollar
$1.00
$0.0707700
7.07%
Presidential Dollar2007-2014 Presidential Dollar
$1.00
$0.0707700
7.07%

* The U.S. Mint issued both compositions in 1982; they can be differentiated by weight (3.11 g copper, 2.5 g zinc). The 1943 steel cent is not included in the table above. Also, a tin alloy is used in one cent pieces from 1864 until 1962, but that value isn't significant enough to calculate.

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Base metal coins not included above:   Jefferson Nickel 1938-1942 Jefferson Nickel,   Buffalo Nickel 1913-1938 Buffalo Nickel,   Indian Cent 1864-1909 Indian Cent  

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United States Circulated Silver Coin Values - Updated Every Minute
These coins were in standard circulation until silver was removed from all coinage in 1965 and 1970 (40% silver half-dollars). I recognize that the silver Eisenhower dollar was issued as a collectible only, but I'm still categorizing it with this group. This table illustrates how far the metal value has progressed compared to the denomination's purchasing power after the debasement.

Table based on July 19, 2024 2:15 PM PDT silver prices:
Silver $29.25/oz down -0.60

Description Face Value Silver Value Silver % of Face Value
Silver War Nickel Value1942-1945 Nickel **
$0.05
$1.6457
3291.43%
1916 Mercury Silver Dime Value1916-1945 Mercury Dime
$0.10
$2.1159
2115.92%
1964 Silver Roosevelt Dime Value1946-1964 Roosevelt Dime
$0.10
$2.1159
2115.92%
Liberty Silver Quarter Value1916-1930 Standing Liberty Quarter
$0.25
$5.2898
2115.92%
1964 Silver Quarter Value1932-1964 Washington Quarter
$0.25
$5.2898
2115.92%
1947 Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Value1916-1947 Half Dollar
$0.50
$10.5796
2115.92%
1962 Silver Franklin Half Dollar1948-1963 Franklin Half Dollar
$0.50
$10.5796
2115.92%
JFK silver half dollar1964 Kennedy Half Dollar
$0.50
$10.5796
2115.92%
40% JFK silver half dollar1965-1970 Half Dollar (40% silver)
$0.50
$4.3258
865.17%
Morgan Silver Dollar1878-1921 Morgan Dollar
$1.00
$22.6234
2262.34%
Peace Silver Dollar1921-1935 Peace Dollar
$1.00
$22.6234
2262.34%
Silver Ike dollar1971-1976 Eisenhower Dollar (40% silver) ***
$1.00
$9.2498
924.98%
Silver Eagle1986-2013 Silver Eagle (.999 Silver)
$1.00
$29.2207
2922.02%

** The U.S. Mint issued two compositions of the nickel in 1942. The copper-nickel composition used today and the 35% silver composition listed here.
*** The 40% silver version of the Eisenhower dollar was issued as a collectible only, they are generally not found in circulation. The best way to distinguish the two versions is by weight. The copper-nickel version weighs 22.68 grams, the silver Ike dollar weighs 24.59 grams.

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Silver coins not included above:   Barber Half Dollar 1892-1915 Barber Half Dollar,   Barber Quarter 1892-1916 Barber Quarter,   Barber Dime 1892-1916 Barber Dime  




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