Metallic minerals are minerals that can be melted to obtain new products. Examples of such materials include iron, copper and tin. These types of mineral are usually associated with igneous rocks. They are both ductile and malleable but will not break easily when hit.
Other examples of metallic minerals include gold and silver. These are sometimes also known as economic minerals and are valued not only as collectible pieces but also for their potential use in industry.
Gold is widely known for it’s use in jewelry, coins and bullion. Many people do not realise that up to 20% of gold produced is used in electronics, dentistry and industrial applications. The properties of gold make it ideal for use in computer hardware and communications equipment. It has a high level of electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance.
Silver is also important in the production of electrical components as it is the highest thermal and electrical conductivity of all metals. The photosensitivity of silver halides meant that it was extensively used in photography and this was formerly it’s primary industrial use.
Metallic minerals need to be mined before the metal can be extracted and this takes place in many states across the US. The varied and wide ranging uses of the metals within the minerals means that this industry continues to be in demand.