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Copper Bars


Copper Bars from Provident Metals

Copper bars have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years. Copper, as one of the first metals ever used by humans, has played a significant role in the development of various civilizations. In the modern era, copper is not included in its pure form in currency, but copper bullion bars have surged in popularity as investors turn to various other metals beyond gold, silver, and platinum to build a balanced portfolio of investment metals.

History of Copper Bars

The use of copper dates back to around 10,000 years ago, during the Neolithic period. Initially, it was found in its native form, and early humans used it for various tools and decorative items. Its malleability and ease of shaping made it a valuable material. The discovery of smelting around 5,000 BC allowed people to extract copper from its ores. This marked the beginning of the Bronze Age, as copper was alloyed with tin to create bronze, a stronger and more durable metal. Bronze was widely used for tools, weapons, and art.

In ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley, copper and bronze were used extensively. Copper bars, in the form of ingots, were traded as valuable commodities. The Greeks and Romans continued to use copper and bronze for various purposes, from architectural elements to coinage. The Roman Empire, in particular, had a sophisticated system for minting copper coins.

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries, copper became even more important. It was used for electrical wiring, plumbing, and various industrial applications. Copper bars and ingots were produced to supply these growing industries.

Today, copper bars and ingots are sometimes purchased as a form of investment. These bars are often refined and standardized for purity and weight, making them a convenient way to invest in the metal.

Types of Copper Bars

At Provident Metals you’ll find several unique types of copper bars available to purchase. This includes the following:

  • Minted Ingot: Minted ingots are in the shape of a bar but have no design elements. They’re loaded into a machine that uses thousands of pounds of pressure to stamp design elements onto it.
  • Cast: Cast bars are made by putting copper ingots or shot into a mold, and then heating it. These bars represent the earliest form of bars made by human civilizations.
  • Cylinder Bars: Also available are cylinder-shaped bars. These bars will have design elements on the top and bottom of the cylinder.

Popular Copper Bar Designs

  • Historical coin designs: Many mints will recreate popular coin images onto copper bars. This includes Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty, George T. Morgan’s Morgan Dollar, and James Earle Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel.
  • Elemental Bars: These bars show copper as it appears on the periodic table.
  • Banknote Bars: These bars, similar to historical coin designs, display imagery of popular banknote designs on the obverse. Popular designs include the 1899 $2 silver certificate and the $1 eagle certificate.

Buy Copper Bars at Provident Metals

If you have any questions about copper bars available at Provident Metals, please feel free to ask. Provident Metals’ customer service is available at 800-313-3315, online using our web chat, and via our email address.