Base Metal

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Base Metal

A metal other than a precious metal; iron is often excluded as well. Common examples include aluminum, tin and copper. Base metals may be traded as commodities and have a variety of uses. As currencies have increasingly gone to fiat money systems, coins are usually made out of a base metal such as zinc.
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It's metal, sure enough," answered the child, gazing thoughtfully at the curious thing she had found.
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