What are our euro coins actually made of?

Posted by Oliver Eckl on

Nowadays our euro coins are no longer made of gold, but of copper, nickel, iron and the like. A two euro piece is no longer worth 2 euros in pure metal value. English pennies are made of pure copper and a while ago they were actually worth less than the metal they were made of because the price of copper was so high!

The EU's 1, 2 and 5 cent coins are made of iron with a copper coating. The 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces are made from so-called “Nordic gold”, an alloy made of copper, aluminum, zinc and tin. Our 1 and 2 Euro coins are some of the only bimetallic coins in the world and consist of a center and a ring. The central pieces are each made of nickel and coated with different alloys to appear gold (nickel-brass) or silver (copper-nickel). The outer rings are made of solid nickel-brass or cupronickel.