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20 Interesting Facts About Gold

Published by tavex in category Precious metals on 04.11.2016
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1. The worlds largest gold bar weights 250kg (551 lb).

2. Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth.

3. Our bodies contain about 0.2 milligrams of gold, most of it in our blood.

4. More gold is recoverable from a ton of personal computers than from 17 tons of gold ore.

5. Olympic Gold Medals only contain 1.34% of gold.

6. The world’s oceans contain nearly 20 million tons of gold.

7. The world pours more steel in an hour than t has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history.

8. Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.

9. 24k Gold melts at 1063°C or 1945°F.

10. Nearly half the gold ever mined has come from one place: Witwatersrand, South Africa.

11. Indian housewives hold 11% of the World’s Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together.

12. The most valuable legal tender coin in the world is a US$1 million coin from Australia. Since it weighs 1,000 kg and is 99.99% pure gold, it is worth almost US$45 million.

13. There are 52,000 tonnes of minable gold still in the ground worth US$2 trillion.

14. Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones in 2015. That’s worth about US$40 million.

15. NASA estimates that the near-Earth asteroid, Eros, contains 20 billion tons of gold.

16. The element symbol for gold is Au. The symbol comes from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise”. The word “gold” comes from the Germanic languages, originating from the Proto-Germanic gulþ and Proto-Indo-European ghel, meaning “yellow/green”. The pure element has been known since ancient times.

17. Although gold is a heavy, dense metal, it is generally considered non-toxic. Gold metal flakes may be eaten in foods or drinks.

18. Gold has many uses, aside from its monetary and symbolic value. Among other applications, it is used in electronics, electrical wiring, dentistry, electronics, medicine, radiation shielding, and to color glass.

19. Gold is used in window glass and astronaut helmets to reflect infrared rays while allowing sunlight to pass through, and at the same time keeping it cool.

20. Gold is chemically liquified and injected into the muscles of thousands of rheumatoid arthritis victims in the U.S., and it is said that the treatment is successful in seven out of ten cases.

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