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Things you may not have known about Gold

Symbol: Au

Atomic number: 79

Melting point: 1,064 °C

Boiling point: 2,700 °C

Gold is a good conductor of electricity and heat.

High purity gold is soft and dense. It is also malleable, which means it can easily be beaten into thin sheets – e.g. 1 gram can be hammered into a sheet 1 square meter in size. It can also be made so thin that it appears transparent.

The price of gold continually fluctuates and is often linked to major economic events.

Throughout history gold has often been perceived as a symbol of wealth.

Gold is a popular choice when it comes to rewarding achievement with medals. But did you know that Olympic gold medals only contain 1.34% of gold?

Injectable gold has been proven to help reduce pain and swelling in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth…

Gold is edible – although I certainly don’t recommend eating it.

Aurophobia is the fear of gold, whereas someone who is obsessed with gold is said to have ‘Gold fever’.

Authorities declare that the biggest gold nugget ever found is the Welcome Stranger found at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia in 1869 by John Deason and Richard Oates. It weighed over 2,520 troy ounces (78kg or 173 lb) gross, and returned over 2,284 troy ounces (72.2kg or 192 lb) net. By today’s approximate value, that’s over $5.4 million at spot price (at the time of publishing this)

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