Nordic gold is the gold-coloured copper alloy from which the middle three denominations of Euro coins, 50 cent, 20 cent, and 10 cent coins are made. It has also been in use for a number of years in other countries, most notably in the Swedish 10-krona coin for which it was originally developed (hence the Swedish name: nordiskt guld). Its composition is 89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, and 1% tin.
It contains no gold and its colour and weight are quite unlike pure gold. It is non-allergenic; its other advantages include antimicrobial action, and resistance to tarnishing. The alloy and its tradename are the intellectual property of the global metals and manufacturing group, Luvata (formerly Outokumpu Copper Products).
- Predecimal.com. "The selection of the alloy for the New Euro Coins". Retrieved 2007-05-29.
- What is 'Nordic Gold' Copper Development Association
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