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SquareRootLolly
Joined: 7-Oct-2017
Posts: 767
Hello!
How many different kinds of metals/alloys do you know are being made for coins?
I only know a few:
Silver
Gold
Bronze
Copper
Nickel
Cupronickel
Copper-nickel-zinc
Zinc
Aluminium
Platinum
Stainless Steel
Nordic Gold

Thanks in advance.
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.
ZacUK Numista team, Moderator
Joined: 3-Jan-2011
Posts: 5464
I have this coin in Virenium ...

https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces30590.html

and somewhere I have this coin in Tombac ...
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces411.html
My collections >
http://mycoinssite.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=13560800
also 13750057 also 15924495 also 15995337
http://mycoinssite.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16060326
ArnoV
Joined: 23-Nov-2011
Posts: 719
Aluminium-bronze (quite common, actually)
Brass
Iron
Tin (e.g. Thailand)
Aluminium-zinc (Venezuela)
Billon (variable, but low purity silver)

Oddities:
Porcelain (notgeld from Meissen)
Composite (Transnistria)
Idolenz
Joined: 13-Jul-2013
Posts: 1820
Mostly one element:
Gold (most often as alloy with copper)
Silver (most often as alloy with copper)
Copper
Nickel (most often as alloy)
Iron (most often as alloy with carbon)
Aluminium (most often as alloy with copper and magnesium)
Zinc (most often as alloy)
Tin
Lead
Platinum
Palladium
Titanium
Niobium
Iridium

Alloys:
Copper-silver alloys (Billon)
Bronze (different additive elements like aluminium etc.)
Potin (antique bronze with much tin and lead)
Brass (many kinds with additive elements like zinc, nickel, aluminium, manganese)
Aurichalkum (antique brass with much zinc)
Copper-nickel
Electrum (gold-silver, silver-gold)
Steel (with many different additive elements like chrome)

many different plating, coating and sandwich combination of listed metals

Non-metals:
Fabric
Leather
Clay
Wood/paper
Polymeres (plastics)
Ceramics
              
jimpop
Joined: 26-Jan-2013
Posts: 735
sea shells
Oklahoman
Joined: 20-Dec-2015
Posts: 1505
Antimony
adanieluy
Joined: 2-Dec-2012
Posts: 209
Other non-metallics:
Bone
Cardboard
Bamboo

Mettallic:
Alpacca (aka nickel silver, maillechiort or german silver) is an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc.

And (here comes the arguing) electricity (bitcoins and other electronic money).
There are 10 types of people, those who understand binary, and those who doesn't.

Catalog Referee for Uruguay, Cuba and Bolivia coins.
Idolenz
Joined: 13-Jul-2013
Posts: 1820
Quote: "adanieluy"​Other non-metallics:
​And (here comes the arguing) electricity (bitcoins and other electronic money).
If you want to go that far ... all matter is a state of energy :wiz:
              
SquareRootLolly
Joined: 7-Oct-2017
Posts: 767
Thanks.
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.
Coinman48
Joined: 16-Sep-2015
Posts: 312
One missing from the previous posts: coal. I understand it was used for some German notgeld though I haven't seen any.

Will
adanieluy
Joined: 2-Dec-2012
Posts: 209
Now I remember, in ancient America was used as coins cacao seeds and cacao fruit too
There are 10 types of people, those who understand binary, and those who doesn't.

Catalog Referee for Uruguay, Cuba and Bolivia coins.
Monninen1
Joined: 23-Oct-2017
Posts: 482
http://www.elementsales.com/ecoins.htm
Here, some tokens. These probably include almost all that have not been said yet.
Long live the Tsar.
redsmithstudios
Joined: 20-Dec-2010
Posts: 2657
Cobalt.
There is another forum thread here somewhere about this.
Taking a break from swapping for a while, but still interested in pre 1799 Spanish coins, I will make time for that!

Looking for pre 1783 coins
asimov37
Joined: 27-Nov-2009
Posts: 2266
Acrylic !

https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces115732.html
yvon
Joined: 9-Jun-2017
Posts: 149
Quote: "asimov37"​Acrylic !

https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces115732.html
In my opinion this kind of things are not coins.
...you can run,  but you can't hide...
Oklahoman
Joined: 20-Dec-2015
Posts: 1505
How do you define a coin?
yvon
Joined: 9-Jun-2017
Posts: 149
Quote: "Oklahoman"​How do you define a coin?
​A thing, issued by a legal goverment or organisation, ment to pay for a product or service. And not some fantasyobject what is made, in the first place, to suck money out of the pockets from innocent collectors...but that is my personal point of view.
...you can run,  but you can't hide...
Oklahoman
Joined: 20-Dec-2015
Posts: 1505
Well...it is a coin then. Approved by a legit government. With a face value...
Monninen1
Joined: 23-Oct-2017
Posts: 482
I say, a coin is:
1. For a person who does not know what they are, a pretty small (or big) metal disc that usually has writing on it.
2. For a person who knows about coins, the metal disc (or for example acrylic disc) but the disc has been approved by the leaders as legal to use in public stores, shopping places and ikeas. According to true measures the word coin means any object with legal tender in public use. It can be: only 1 coin minted. It can also be a non-circulating coin, commemorative coin. But certainly not a token. A 25 euro coin IS a coin. A columbian exposition half dollar IS a coin.
Long live the Tsar.
yvon
Joined: 9-Jun-2017
Posts: 149
Quote: "Oklahoman"​Well...it is a coin then. Approved by a legit government. With a face value...
​Goodmorning,

I suggest you take some of this acrylic coins, go to a market in the issuing country, and buy yourself some food or whatever you like, for it....
...you can run,  but you can't hide...
Monninen1
Joined: 23-Oct-2017
Posts: 482
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces63765.html
Stainless steel!
Long live the Tsar.
Oklahoman
Joined: 20-Dec-2015
Posts: 1505
You don't have to like them. But they are coins. They are lawful. They are denominated. They are in coin catalogs. They have KM numbers. It is cute how you and so many others get enraged over these matters. Don't collect it if you don't like it. Many folks here do not collect NCLT.
Oklahoman
Joined: 20-Dec-2015
Posts: 1505
My, but you should see how big the coin purses are!
zegeri
Joined: 29-Oct-2011
Posts: 720
Quote: "Oklahoman"​How do you define a coin?
​It's funny that Numista is a site dedicated to cataloging coins, swapping coins, talking about coins; but nowhere Numista says what is a coin.
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yvon
Joined: 9-Jun-2017
Posts: 149
Quote: "zegeri"
Quote: "Oklahoman"​How do you define a coin?
​​It's funny that Numista is a site dedicated to cataloging coins, swapping coins, talking about coins; but nowhere Numista says what is a coin.
​There you have a point, how actually to define a coin, on a 100% watertight way?
...you can run,  but you can't hide...
sc.rednek
Joined: 11-Nov-2017
Posts: 195
Tantalum, from Kazakhstan.

Tombac alloy in 1942-43 Canadian nickels
CREPOSUC
Joined: 10-Jun-2012
Posts: 1070
Hello,
I am neither a chemist nor a scrap dealer, I would like to know how you do to determine the material of a coin or token without its documentation.
Thanks
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yvon
Joined: 9-Jun-2017
Posts: 149
Quote: "CREPOSUC"​Hello,
​I am neither a chemist nor a scrap dealer, I would like to know how you do to determine the material of a coin or token without its documentation.
​Thanks
​By experience, colour, magnet, weight.
...you can run,  but you can't hide...
alfred1
Joined: 6-Mar-2017
Posts: 43
red fibre as used in japanese puppet states
we do not own our coins, we are merely guardians of them for future generations.

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