Details for Copper alloy

This term should be used for any alloy which appears to include copper. If you know that the item is a particular alloy (e.g. bronze, brass, gunmetal, speculum) then you can put this in the Description field. Most of the time you will be able to identify the alloy only from the appearance, weight and type of object (e.g. leaded bronze for medieval and post-med cooking vessels, or brass for Byzantine buckets, or bronze for Bronze Age objects, bell-metal for bells, speculum for Roman mirrors, etc etc) and so the identification will not be certain. Therefore if you do certainly know the type of alloy because you have had a compositional analysis, then it is very important to say this. Use copper alloy for potin coins.

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British Museum URI: 10627

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Record: NARC-3D7CAA
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A complete copper alloy Nummus 'minim' of …
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Record: LVPL-3D6EE1
Object type: STRAP END
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: A copper alloy zoomorphic strap end dating…
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Record: NARC-3BEFA3
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: A fragment of a Small Long Brooch of Early…
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Record: NARC-3BDBA5
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A fragment of a copper alloy Dolphin/Polde…
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