Nordic gold
Nordic gold euro coins
The Nordic gold euros
General information
Material type

metal alloy






89% copper, 5% aluminum, 5% zinc, 1% tin

Numismatic information
Used for

circulation and commemorative coins

Used by

Flag of Albania Albania
Flag of Estonia Estonia (pre-Euro)
Flag of Europe European Union
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Flag of Libya Libya
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of Sweden Sweden

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Nordic gold is an alloy composed of 89% copper, 5% aluminum, 5% zinc, and 1% tin. It has been used to make coins, most notably certain euro coins.


The metal does not contain any gold, and its color and weight are very much unlike gold. However, it is antimicrobial, non-allergenic, and is resistant to tarnish. The alloy and its name are an intellectual property of the global metals manufacturing group, Luvata.


Sweden 10 kronor 1992

The first Nordic gold coin.

Nordic gold was first developed for the Swedish Mint, which first used the alloy in 1991 to produce the 10 krona coin. In 1993, Estonia issued its first Nordic gold coin, and eventually altered the composition of its 1 kroon coin to the alloy in 1998. Poland began using Nordic gold in 1996 for a commemorative 2 złoty coin, and has been using it for these annual coins since. In 1999, three denominations of euro coins: the 10, 20, and 50 euro cent coins were introduced in Nordic gold. During 2003, Albania minted a commemorative 50 lek coin which used Nordic gold, followed by Malaysia, which used it in a commemorative 1 ringgit coin in 2009.


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