Tin (USD cents per kg)

Tin is the 49th most abundant element and, with 10 stable isotopes, has the largest number of stable isotopes in the periodic table. Tin is chiefly obtained from the mineral cassiterite, where it occurs as tin dioxide. This silvery, malleable post-transition metal is not easily oxidised in air and is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. The first alloy, used on a large scale since 3000 BC, was bronze, an alloy of tin and copper. In modern times tin is used in many alloys, most notably tin/lead soft solders, typically containing 60% or more of tin. Another major application for tin is the corrosion-resistant tin plating of steel. Because of its low toxicity, tin-plated metal is also used for food packaging, giving tin cans, which are actually made mostly of steel, their name.

World Bank, Platts Metals Week, Engineering and Mining Journal (Prices are for Tin (LME), refined, 99.85% purity, settlement price)
Country Unit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
World 1,8511,3572,0412,6052,113