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: ASHM-73029B
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper-alloy nummus of Constans (AD 333-…
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Record: GLO-72F561
Object type: STRAP END
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: ~~Fragment of a copper alloy strap end tha…
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Record: ASHM-72C4B5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper-alloy, white metal coated nummus …
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Record: ASHM-725D92
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper-alloy nummus of Constantius II (A…
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