Which alloy of zinc is used in simple voltaic cell?

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An alloy is a physical mixture of two different metals forming a homogeneous mixture.

A voltaic cell uses differences in oxidation potential of two metals to generate an electric current.  The original voltaic cells were stacks of copper and zinc alternating, with an electrolyte between the pieces of metal.   Alloys were not used in these cells, just the pure metals.

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