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10 Interesting Facts About Gold

10 Interesting Facts About Gold

You’ve probably read, seen, or dreamt about gold. You also most likely heard about how gold is a symbol of wealth and status. It’s no secret that it’s known to make ugly things beautiful. But bet you didn’t know, that gold comes third, after rhodium and platinum, on the top 10 list of precious metals. There are many other things you perhaps didn’t know about this precious metal.

Here’re some more interesting facts about gold :

    1.It’s One of the Least Reactive Metals

Did you know that gold’s the only metal that’s golden yellow? Other metals may become yellowish, only after they’ve reacted with other chemical materials. It’s also an excellent electricity conductor, which is why almost all sophisticated devices use it for electronic wiring. You may have wondered if gold is magnetic. The answer is no, it isn't. Although it’s a metal, gold isn’t magnetic at all. It also doesn’t rust or tarnish, and it’s relatively resistant to air, moisture, or acidic conditions.

    2. It’s Extremely Malleable

Did you know that with a single ounce of hammered gold can measure into a 300-square-foot sheet? Gold is the most malleable element that can be found on the periodic table. A very thin sheet of gold can be transparent enough that it can appear greenish-blue in color. 

    3. It’s Really Ductile 

Gold is in the Guinness World Record database for being the most ductile element. It could be made into the world’s thinnest wire. Imagine, an ounce of gold can be stretched into about 50 miles of thin gold wire, with a thickness of about five millionths of a meter. Isn't it amazing?

    4. It’s an Edible Medicine

Gold is generally considered nontoxic. Gold metal flakes doesn't have toxic effect that it could be eaten and consumed in small quantities in some of the foods. Pure gold is also odorless and tasteless, and can be found as one of the ingredients in some medicines. Some people who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis received jabs containing a bit of liquid gold to help decrease inflammation. Unlike other metals, pure gold doesn’t cause irritation of the skin.

    5. It's A Very Rare Metal but Abundant 

Gold has been discovered on all the seven continents. It’s estimated that humans have mined almost 200,000 tons of gold to date.  The current largest single gold storage facility is reported to be the US Federal Reserve Bank in New York. It holds approximately 540,000 gold bars weighing 6,800 tons. Could you have even imagined that an estimated 10 billion tons of gold is in the world's oceans?  Too bad, it’s so adulterated that it can’t be mined.

10 Interesting Facts About Gold


    6. It Has Multi-functions

Gold is used in applications such as electrical wiring, medicine, dentistry, radiation shielding, as well as the coloring of glass. Gold has also been used to reinforce weak teeth because of its malleability. The visors of astronauts’ helmets are coated with thin layer of transparent gold with the measure of .000002 inches to reduce glare and heat from the sunlight. 

    7. It’s Indestructible

Gold is virtually indestructible, to be reused, it has to be melted down first. Some pure gold could, however, be so soft that it could be molded using bare hands. Pure gold melts at about 1947.2° Fahrenheit. Gold is also one of the densest metals on earth. A cubic meter weighs about 19,300 kilograms.

    8. All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

Did you know that gold isn't the most expensive metal? In 2018, palladium became the most expensive. Gold is one of the most favored precious metals for investments, but there’re other precious metals that are worth a lot more per kilogram. These include metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, osmium, iridium, and platinum.

    9. Scientific History

Gold is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Au and its atomic number is 79. The scientific symbol for gold—Au—comes from the old Latin word aurum, which means "shining dawn”. The Aztec called it "teocuitatl", which translates to "feces of the gods". The Aztecs are a Mesoamerican culture which thrived in central Mexico between the 1300s and 1521.

    10. Discovery History

The oldest golden object was discovered in Bulgaria. The bead was unearthed at a pre-historic settlement in the southern part of Bulgaria and was believed to be from around 4,500-4,600 B.C. On the other hand, the biggest gold nugget to exist is the Hand of Faith. It was discovered in 1980 in Australia and can be viewed in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget Casino.

Conclusion

Gold is a fascinating metal that everyone wishes to get their hands on. For millennia, it has stood the test of time as a precious metal. Without it, the world’s financial and economic landscape would have been different. You could learn one or two from the characteristics of gold.