One of the Statue of Liberty´s last remaining mysteries, the source of her copper skin. It has been widely rumored that the copper used in the building of the Statue came from Visnes Coppermines, a small rocky island near Stavanger. Copper from the statue was analyzed, and it has now been confirmed that it was indeed extracted in Norway. The missing link in the history of the statue´s mystery is solved.
Visnes copper mine was operated between 1866 and 1894. Up to 70% of Norway´s copper export came from Visnes, which at that time was one of northern Europe´s largest mines.