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Canada Coin Melt Values

Mint Website:   https://www.mint.ca
Currency Name:   Canadian Dollar (CAN)


Canada Circulating Coinage Intrinsic Value Table
This table does not reflect Royal Canadian Mint production costs, but the pure base metal value that composes the coin. Calculations are based on coin weight, metal composition, and base metal(s) price. Values below are denominated in U.S. dollars.

Table based on August 11, 2022 base metal prices (priced in U.S. dollars):
Copper $3.6681/lb 0.0513Zinc $1.6811/lb 0.0206 Nickel $10.4765/lb 0.5058

Coin Description Face Value Metal Value (USD)
1942 - 1977 Cent * $0.01 $0.0258568
1978 - 1979 Cent ** $0.01 $0.0257066
1980 - 1981 Cent ** $0.01 $0.0222154
1982 - 1996 Cent ** $0.01 $0.0198351
1997 - 1999 Cent $0.01 $0.0084963
1955 - 1981 Nickel $0.05 $0.1038093
1982 - 1999 Nickel $0.05 $0.0540958
1968 - 1999 Dime $0.10 $0.0473314
1968 - 1999 Quarter $0.25 $0.1154707
1968 - 2001 Half Dollar $0.50$0.1852106
1968 - 1986 Dollar $1.00 $0.3571595

*  0.50% tin metal value not included.
** 1.75% tin metal value not included.






Canada Circulated Silver Coinage Intrinsic Value Table
These coins were in standard circulation until silver was removed from all coinage in 1967 and 1968 (50% silver). The values below only reflect the silver value, not rarity or numismatic value. The live silver price below is used to calculate the coin's value (USD):

Coin value calculations use the 10:11 AM PDT silver price for August 11, 2022:
Silver $20.38/oz -0.24

Description Face Value Silver Value (USD)
1920-1967 Dime $0.10 $1.2227
1967-1968 Dime (50% silver) *** $0.10 $.7642
1920-1967 Quarter $0.25 $3.0569
1967-1968 Quarter (50% silver) *** $0.25 $1.9105
1920-1967 Half Dollar $0.50 $6.1139
1935-1967 Dollar $1.00 $12.2279

*** The Canadian Mint issued two compositions of the dime and quarter in 1967 and again in 1968. In 1967, there is the standard 80% silver/20% copper variety and the 50% silver/50% copper type. In mid-year 1968, they changed the quarter and dime from 50% silver/50% copper to a 99% nickel composition.

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