Billon /ˈbɪlən/ is an alloy of a precious metal (most commonly silver, but also mercury) with a majority base metal content (such as copper). It is used chiefly for making coins, medals, and token coins. The word comes from the French bille, which means "log". Description
Billon bawbee coin of James V of Scotland.
The use of billon coins dates from ancient Greece and continued
through the Middle Ages. During the sixth and fifth centuries BC, some
Metal Bullion List of alloys Antoninianus Shakudō Coin
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