What is the Gold and Silver in My Coin Worth?
A few years ago I wrote an article showing people how they could answer their own question. But most people really don't want to know how to do it, they just want to know the answer. So, this post is for them.
Below is a list of coins and the values of their gold and silver content. Some are coins produced by the U.S. Mint, and others are produced by National Collector's Mint.
The prices for silver and gold used in the calculations are as follows:
Spot Price of Silver per oz. (as of 01/11/11): $29.68
Spot Price of Gold per oz. (as of 01/11/11): $1,383.00
Barber, Mercury, and pre-1965 Roosevelt Dimes
Silver value = 0.07234 troy oz. x $29.68 = $2.15
Barber, Standing Liberty, and pre-1965 Washington Quarters
Silver value = 0.18084 troy oz. x $29.68 = $5.37
Barber, Walking Liberty, Franklin, and 1964 Kennedy Half Dollars
Silver value = 0.36169 troy oz. x $29.68 = $10.74
$1 Seated Liberty, Morgan, and Peace Silver Dollars
Silver value = 0.77344 troy oz. x $29.68 = $22.96
$20 Liberty Head Gold and St. Gaudens Double Eagles
Gold value = 0.9675 troy oz. x $1,383 = $1,338.05
$1 American Eagle Silver Bullion
Silver value = 1 troy oz. x $29.68 = $29.68
$10 First Spouse Gold Bullion
Gold value = 0.5 troy oz. x $1,338.05 = $669.03
$50 American Buffalo Gold Bullion
Gold value = 1 troy oz. x $1,338.05 = $1,338.05
National Collector's Mint
(all the following were reportedly struck with silver recovered from ground zero after 9/11)
5th Anniv. World Trade Center Commemorative Proof
"15 mg each of 24KT pure gold and .999 pure silver"
Silver value = 0.00048 troy oz. x $29.68 = 1.4 cents
Gold value = 0.00048 troy oz. x $1,338.05 = 64.2 cents
Total Value = 65.6 cents
10th Anniv. Liberian September 11th Commemorative Dollar
"14 mg of pure 24-Karat gold" and
"clad in a total 14 mg .999 pure silver"
Silver value = 0.00045 troy oz. x $29.68 = 1.3 cents
Gold value = 0.00045 troy oz. x $1,338.05 = 60.2 cents
Total Value = 61.5 cents
$1 Cook Islands "Freedom Tower" Dollar
"71 mg of .999 pure silver"
Silver value = 0.00228 troy oz. x $29.68 = 6.8 cents
Total Value = 6.8 cents
Sometimes It Pays to Do the Math
There is a big difference in the precious metal content between the coins produced by the two mints, but there is also a big difference in price.
As I write this, the U.S. Mint is selling uncirculated First Spouse gold coins for $841. This is a 25% premium over the spot price of gold.
On the other hand, the 10th Anniversary Liberian September 11th Commemorative Dollar from the National Collector's Mint is only $29.95. However, this is a 4770% premium over the spot prices of the gold and silver in the coin.
Think that's bad. How about the $1 Cook Islands "Freedom Tower" Dollar. At $19.95 it has a markup of $29238% over the spot price of the silver in the coin - ouch!
I'm not going to pass judgement on either mint and whether their prices are too high, I'll leave that up to you. All I will say is that I'm unhappy with how some companies are commercializing the memory of 9/11. The people that are buying these momentos apparently disagree. But a mark-up of over 29 thousand percent?
They can't all be happy about that.