Copper is widely used in industry because it resists corrosion from the air, moisture and sea water and next to silver, it's the best conductor of heat. It can be found in pipes, wiring, heating and cooling applications including 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 extracting them but they usually only contain a very low percentage.
Prior to 1992 coins in the United Kingdom contained 97% copper which meant that the 2p coin contained 6.9 grams and the penny 3.45 grams. As the market price increased, it meant the percentage of copper that was being used had to be reduced. Since 1992 one and two penny coins have been manufactured from steel with only a thin copper plate hence they're now less valuable than they once were.
Copper is one of the first metals to have been used by man and it can be traced back as far as 10,000 years. It was also the first to be smelted which is the process of extracting a metal from its ore through a process of heating and melting. Imported by the Roman Empire from Cyprus, it was originally named aes cyprium meaning "metal of Cyprus" although this was later shortened to cuprum.
In its purest form copper is too soft for most uses so to make it stronger, it is often mixed with various other metals. Unknown to many it is frequently used as an alloy of silver which is also too soft to be used in its purest form.
Our raw copper nuggets come from Zimbabwe and each piece is sold according to weight. Prices are calculated at 15 pence per gram and small, medium and large sizes are available. Due to the quantity of copper nuggets that we sell, it is not possible to photography each piece 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.