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Were the Golden Plates Made of Tumbaga?

TitleWere the Golden Plates Made of Tumbaga?
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1966
AuthorsPutnam, Read H.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number9
Pagination788–789, 828–831
Date PublishedSeptember 1966
KeywordsGold Plates; Metal; Metal Plates; Metallurgy; Tumbaga

This article considers the physical properties of the golden plates of Nephi, the engraving of metal plates, and the stone box that stored the plates. The author suggests that the plates may have been made of tumbaga, an alloy of gold and copper.