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

Tin Mines are one of the many sources of coin in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.

They don't appear exclusively in a map, but are randomly added in maps introduced after The WarChiefs, along with other mines. They are similar in appearance to Silver Mines.


Tin Mines provide 1,500 coin which can be mined by villagers. Villagers can gather coin faster from the Tin Mine with Market upgrades such as Placer Mines and Amalgamation.

The Tin Mine reuses the portrait of a Gold Mine.


As in the case of copper, people have gathered and mined tin for thousands of years. It key value to the ancient world was in combination with copper, the creation of bronze - an alloy widely used for weaponry and art.

Because of its ability to inhibit corrosion, tin has long been used to coat steel and other metals. Indeed, the commonly referred to "tin can" is actually made from steel, with only a minimal tin plating.

Even though scarce, tin is found all over the world and on every continent. Most tin processed today is mined in Southeast Asia.


  • While tin is the rarest mineral in Age of Empires III, it is also the least valuable.


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