What is the name of euro cents

What material are our euro coins made of?

“Money doesn't stink” - that is a well-known saying, but in everyday life many people have doubts about it. Aren't coins a refuge for bacteria of all kinds? And do allergy sufferers also have to be careful of the metal? You can find out how justified such worries are here.

Anyone who has touched money should wash their hands afterwards. This rule of thumb should sound familiar to many, because germs and pathogens are known to romp about on our bills and coins. Or? Well, at least with euro notes this is the case in certain quantities - usually more than with euro coins!

The mix of materials used in the coins is complex

This is due to the material from which the euro coins are made. The core of the 1 euro pieces is made of a copper-nickel alloy and the “golden” ring is made of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc. With the 2 euro piece it is exactly the other way around. There the ring is made of a copper-nickel alloy and the interior is made of brass.

The nickel content of euro coins has already caused a heated discussion, as people with a nickel allergy feared problems. According to the manufacturer, the concern is unfounded. Only the 1 and 2 euro coins have a higher nickel content of 5 and 25 percent respectively. However, this is processed in such a high quality in the alloy that allergic reactions should be avoided. Anyone who has a lot to do with coins at work should nevertheless exercise caution. Further information on the use of nickel in the production of coins can be found at eu-info.de.

Euro coins are bacteria killers

The main component of most euro coins is copper. While the semi-precious metal in low doses is not a problem for vertebrates (and thus also humans), it is literally poison for microorganisms. With the ions released, copper ensures that hardly any germs survive on the surface of the coin - so a few cents in your wallet are an efficient bacteria killer!

Another tip that can help, especially in autumn: Wasps would also be chased away from the breakfast table if you lay out a few copper coins, one reads sometimes. The author's own attempts at these lines ended - shall we say - ambivalent.

The 10, 20 and 50 cent coins are made from so-called Nordic gold. This is a combination of copper, aluminum, zinc and tin. Only the 1-, 2- and 5-cent pieces consist largely of an iron core, because the material used should not be more valuable than the value printed on the coin. Since the euro coins must not rust either, they are coated with copper.

The new 5 euro special coins are a very special collector's item. A translucent plastic ring shimmers between its round core and the outer ring, both made of metal. It is equipped with small crystals that make the coin sparkle. In 2016 a copy with a blue border appeared, in 2017 one with a red one. Further editions are planned. And best of all: thanks to the copper-nickel mix, bacteria don't stand a chance with this piece of jewelry either.

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