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Billon

Billon.  A composition with more base metal alloy than precious metal content. Billon coins are either low value denomination or extensively debased. In cataloging, billon

is usually spelled out (to distinguish from bronze or brass), however in Italian it is abbreviated M (for mistura).

excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators

COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON

Roger W. Burdette, Editor


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