Natural copper nuggets from Zimbabwe available to buy individually or in larger quantities.
Copper which was one of the first metals to have been used by man can be traced back as far as 10,000 years. It was also the first metal to be smelted which is the process of extracting a metal from an ore through a process of heating and melting. Imported by the Roman Empire from Cyprus, it was originally called aes cyprium meaning "metal of Cyprus" although the name was later shortened to "cuprum".
Copper is widely used in industry because it resists corrosion from the air, moisture and sea water and is the next best conductor of heat after silver. It's found in pipes, wiring, heating, cooling applications, the bottom of cooking pans and has many other uses as well.
Most copper is extracted from ores which are rocks that contain important elements and metals in sufficient quantities to make it worthwhile to extract them but they usually only contain a very small percentage.
Prior to 1992 coins in the United Kingdom contained 97% copper which meant the 2p coin contained 6.9 grams of copper and the one pence piece 3.45 grams. As market price increased the amount of copper that was being used had to be reduced. Since 1992 one and two pence coins have been manufactured from steel with only a thin copper plate hence they're now less valuable than they once were.
In its purest form copper is extremely soft so to strengthen it so that it can be used more effectively, it's usually mixed with other metals. It's frequently used as an alloy of silver which is another metal that's too soft to be used in its purest form.
The price of our copper nuggets is calculated according to weight. Prices are calculated at 15 pence per gram and small, medium and large sized pieces are available. Due to the volume that we sell it's not possible to photography each piece of copper individually.
Please choose the size and weight of the copper nugget that you'd like to purchase from the drop down list before adding it to your basket and proceeding to checkout.