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How many different kinds of metals for coins?

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SquareRootLolly
Joined: 7-Oct-2017
Posts: 226
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.
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ZacUK Numista team, Moderator
Joined: 3-Jan-2011
Posts: 5141
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: 663
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: 1534
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: 679
sea shells
Oklahoman
Joined: 20-Dec-2015
Posts: 1198
Antimony
adanieluy
Joined: 2-Dec-2012
Posts: 169
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.

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Idolenz
Joined: 13-Jul-2013
Posts: 1534
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: 226
Thanks.
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

'Mais les yeux sont aveugles. Il faut chercher avec le cœur.'

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Coinman48
Joined: 16-Sep-2015
Posts: 239
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: 169
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 and Cuba coins.
Monninen1
Joined: 23-Oct-2017
Posts: 120
http://www.elementsales.com/ecoins.htm
Here, some tokens. These probably include almost all that have not been said yet.
Long live the Tsar.

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