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Electrums is natural a gold and silver alloy , with a small amount of copper and other metals. Also it can be produced syntheticly. Ancient Greeks named it «white gold», unlike "pure gold". Its colour varies from pale - to brightly - yellow, depending on a gold and silver proportion. The gold content in natural to an electrum modern western Anatolys varies from 70 % to 90 %, unlike 45-55 %, in an electrum used in ancient Lydian coins of the same geographical region. It means that the increase in incomes from seigniorage was one of the reasons of coinage of an electrum (the income received as a difference between the cost price of manufacturing of token moneys and their nominal value), issuing currency with lower contents of gold, than in usual addressing metal.

Basically electrums consists of gold and silver, but sometimes there are impurities of platinum, copper and other metals. As a result, electrums is a good porter of an electricity. Electrums it was used in the third millenium B.C. in Ancient Egypt, as top of the Egyptian pyramids. And also in manufacturing of ancient drinking courts and coins. The analysis of composition an electrum in Ancient Greek coins beginning approximately from 600 BC shows that gold in composition was about 55,5 %. In the beginning of the classical period, gold composition an electrum fluctuated from 46 % to 43 %. Later coins from these areas, dated 326 BC, contain 40 %-41 % of gold. During the Ancient Greek period of a coin from an electrum with regularly decreasing shares of gold were manufactured by Carthaginians.

Colour an electrum pale yellow or yellow-white, a name occurs from the Latin form of the Greek word an electron, is mentioned in Odysseus in sense of the metal substances consisting of gold, covered with silver. The same word also is used for amber definition, possibly, because of its pale yellow colour and its electrostatic properties. Electrums often named white gold during ancient times, but can be more exact to describe it as "pale gold". Modern use of the term white gold routinely concerns the gold alloyed either nickel, or silver, or platinum.

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