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What are Copper Bars?

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Copper bars are becoming more and more popular as an investment item, as well as collection pieces. A valuable metal, copper is traded as a commodity. Copper bars are similar to gold bars or silver bars. While copper has been used as currency over the centuries, it has been a primary tool in construction as well. Copper bars should be marked and pure, compared to construction-grade copper that is far cheaper. One can obtain copper bars online fairly easily.

There are many different types of copper bars. Copper can be poured by hand, sold in large raw form, or minted by the ounce. If investing in copper, one should make sure that it has been marked .999 for purity and has a mark or manufacturer's name. This helps ensure the authenticity and purity of the copper bar, and consumers should always check for these markings.

People have been buying and selling copper throughout history, but it has never been easier than today. The Internet is a great place to compare prices, check a seller's reputation, and find the best deals. Copper has a per-ounce price that varies, like that of any metal. A smart investor should always check it before deciding whether to make a purchase. There are many good Websites available.

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As with any investment, one should remember to do his or her homework. Since copper is used so much in construction, the price will rise when a region is using more building material. That is one of the larger differences between copper and other precious metals: the construction economy, especially the plumbing industry, directly affects the supply and demand of copper.

Copper bars are not just for financial investment. They have been revered around the world, and people have been collecting different kinds of copper bars. This metal has been cherished and collected for thousands of years.

These types of bars should not be confused with scrap metal copper. While scrap metal copper holds a value, it is far less valuable than copper bullion bars. This scrap metal can be melted down and refined into bars, however.

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