Cuper nickel can also have an antique finish applied for an elegant aged look. This process can add more contrast to intricate coin designs, with raised portions of the coin having a lighter tone and somewhat higher luster.
Cuper nickel can provide a striking surface for an enameled finish, with some reds and blues contrasting well with the nickel color of the base metal.
Cuper nickel is much harder than most other popular coinage metals. Because of its wear characteristics it has also been used in general circulation coins and is in the present day British 20p coin and some coins of Russia.
Cuper nickel is somewhat more expensive than brass.
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