RWMM's nickel ingot

Nickel (Ni)

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Nickel metal ingot - one troy ounce - .9995 bullion


Nickel is a silvery-white transition metal with a slight golden tinge that is corrosion resistant and can take a high polish. It was first classified as an element by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt in 1751. It has a much longer history of use in ancient civilizations thought to have been unintentional as its ores could easily be mistaken for those of silver or copper. White copper from China as early as 1700 BC and called baitong was not known to contain nickel until 1822. Likewise bronze made in ancient Syria from as early as 3500 BC has been found to contain nickel.  Nickel is named after the mischievous sprite (akin to Old Nick) from German mythology blamed for keeping miners from being able to extract copper from the red mineral they mined in Erzgebrige (their Ore Mountains).

Nickel has a history of monetary use from Dutch coins first minted in 1833 to the first U.S. coins in the 1850s, Swiss coins in 1881, and Canadian coins in 1922.  Nickel was so important for the armaments used in World War II, that the U.S. and Canada replaced the nickel in these coins with other metals, including 35% silver in the U.S. war nickels. Today nickel is used mostly in the production of steel and other alloys.

Inscribed on our ingots are the chemical symbol (Ni), purity (99.95%), weight (one troy ounce), and a serial number (this number is unique and will vary). On the reverse is our logo. These ingots are lightly polished, can be a little rough on the edges, most have faint cut marks on the surface, and not all are as well polished as the single one pictured. Each ingot will be shipped with an assay certificate. As we suggest with all of our metals please keep in a safe place, do not ingest, and keep out of the reach of children.

Every shipment will include our velvet logo bag. If you are not completely satisfied with any purchase from us, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund (buyer to pay return shipping). Domestic shipping is free for all orders over $99 (enter code free shipping at checkout). For orders of $99 or under, domestic shipping is $9.95. International shipping is via DHL, FedEx, or USPS international express  and costs $45 for shipments up to a pound (9 one ounce ingots or less including packaging materials) and $10 for each additional pound. International customers please be aware that your country may levy import duties and/or VAT taxes on your purchase from us. We have nothing to do with this and cannot pay it for you. If you refuse our package because of this extra cost we will take it back and will refund your order in full once received minus the cost of the return shipping. If you are unsure what these import costs will be please check with your country's customs office.