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Fast but expiring source of Coin.
—In-game description

Copper Mines are a source of coin in Age of Empires III. They are found on some maps, most notably Araucania.

Copper Mines provide 2,000 coin which can be mined by Settlers, Villagers, Coureur des Bois, Settler Wagons, and Miners.

Settlers can gather coin faster from the Copper Mine with Market upgrades such as Placer Mines and Amalgamation.

In the Definitive Edition, Prospector Wagons are introduced, which can turn into Copper Mines.

History[]

Mined and used for thousands of years, copper has been found in countries accross the globe - Chile, Indonesia, Australia, Russia, China and the U.S. Ancient civilizations used copper for mirrors, jewelry, weapons, even plumbing.

Copper was initially gathered from surface deposits found on ore outcroppings. Early miners eventually burrowed deeper, following the veins underground. Egyptians excavated shafts over 30 meters deep in search of the metal. The first smelting furnaces date back to nearly 5000 BCE.

Tin and copper were alloyed to create a stonger and more durable meal: bronze. As tin and copper were typically not found together, the need for both metals led to increased trade and commerce among ancient peoples. Today, bronze alloys are composed of approximately 60% copper and 40% tin.

Malleable and versatile, copper today is used for a multitude of products, including wiring, plumbing, roofing materials, and integrated circuits.

Gallery[]

Resources in Age of Empires series
CommonFood · Wood · Gold/Coin · Stone*
Age of MythologyFavorAOM Favor
Age of Empires IIIResource xp XP · Aoe3 export Export · Aoe3de influence Influence
Age of Empires IVAoE4 Bounty icon Bounty · AoE4 Vizier Point icon Vizier Point · Resource olive oil Olive Oil
Extractable resource sources in the Age of Empires series
CommonTree · Gold Mine · Stone Mine· Berry Bush · Farm (I · II · M · III · IV) · Animals (Fish · Herdable animal)
Age of Empires IIFish trap aoe2DE Fish Trap
Age of MythologyAoM Gold Mine icon Jade Mine
Age of Empires IIICherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Coal mine portrait Coal Mine · Copper mine portrait Copper Mine · Food crate icon AoE3DE Crate · Gold mine portrait Diamond Mine · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Hacienda portrait Hacienda · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · Mill aoe3de Mill · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Rock supply icon AoE3DE Rock · Gold mine portrait Salt Mine · Silver Mine icon AoE3DE Silver Mine · Gold mine portrait Tin Mine
Age of Empires IVAoE4 OliveGrove Olive Grove
* not used in Age of Mythology and Age of Empires III
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