Remarkably facts about gold

Gold, (lat.) Aurum is a chemical element with the number 79 and it has been a desired metall for a long time.
It is easy to work with, shiny, does not get rosty, and can easily be melted, melleable and on top of that does not occur in big amounts.
Nevertheless, we do not have a lot of general knowledge about it, and if so, just by picking up random things.

<– back to the Joseph's-Penny
Every grain of gold of this world
… more juicy examples coming soon …

Some experts say, that all available amount of gold in the world (that is all the gold that has ever been found)
around 8,000 cubic meter (= 282,517.33 cu.ft.).

This equals a cube with the side length of 20 meters (= 65.6168 ft.)

Let us assume this is correct (it would not be able to verify anyway)
and let us do a few experiments.

To begin with, a short gold lesson for beginners, step by step:
The price of gold is officially set in US dollar per ounce (troy ounce).
The current gold price per ounze: 1.310,2800 USD
One ounce (troy ounce): 31,1034768 g
We can infer the price in USD per gramm: 42,1265 USD
The current exchange rate from USD to EUR: 0,8869  
Price of gold in EUR per gram: 37,3637 EUR
Price of gold in EUR per kilogram: 37.363,7446 EUR
Now the density of gold: 19,3020 g/cm³

With this information we have all the ingredients. Now we can calculate anything.

Typical international gold coins:
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1 ounce): 1.162,1245 EUR
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 581,0810 EUR
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 290,5405 EUR
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 116,6122 EUR
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 23.240,2491 EUR
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 1.162.124,5487 EUR
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1.267,7519 EUR
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 633,8759 EUR
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 316,9566 EUR
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 126,7752 EUR
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 1.162,1432 EUR
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 581,0062 EUR
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 290,6899 EUR
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 116,2012 EUR
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1.247,6913 EUR
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 633,8871 EUR
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 316,9417 EUR
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 126,7789 EUR
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 1.162,1245 EUR
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 581,0810 EUR
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 290,5405 EUR
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 116,2012 EUR
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 58,1006 EUR
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 37,3637 EUR
2 g: 74,7275 EUR
2.5 g: 93,4094 EUR
5 g: 186,8187 EUR
10 g: 373,6374 EUR
20 g: 747,2749 EUR
50 g: 1.868,1872 EUR
100 g: 3.736,3745 EUR
250 g: 9.340,9362 EUR
500 g: 18.681,8723 EUR
1,000 g: 37.363,7446 EUR
12,441 g: 464,856.9455 EUR

Now we can look at our total amount of gold.

One cubic meter massive gold (= one cube 1 x 1 x 1 meter / 3.28 x 3.28 x 3.28 ft.):
Volume: 1.000.000 cu.in.
Weight (kg): 19.302 kg
Price (EUR): 721.194.999 EUR
8,000 cubic meter massive gold (= one cube 20 x 20 x 20 meter / 65.62 x 65.62 x 65.62 ft.):
Volume: 8.000.000.000 cu.in.
Weight (kg): 154.416.000 kg
Price (EUR): 5.769.559.988.302 EUR
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0,0221 kg
Price (EUR): 824,2229 EUR
This would equal about a 2 Euro coin!
 
Notably facts about gold, weight, volume and price

All the prices in the list are automatically updated according to the current gold price.

The volume of the items was calculated carefully but not nit-picky.

For every object was chosen the most simple geometric solid figure!

To be mentioned, the 2 Euro coin is suspicious close to one cubic centimeter.

I was repeatidly asked how to calculate the volume of a paper clip - very easy - stretch it until it is straight, and you get a simple zylinder with length and diameter! ;-)

The fewest of us have the right perception in handling with pure gold.
In the following list you will find some everyday objects that you probably have held in your hands before …
… now imagine these items made out of pure, massive gold.
How much would they weight and how much would they cost?
Item Volume (cu.in.) Weight (lb.) Price € (EUR)
Paper clip (25mm = 0.98 inch): 0,0515 0,0010 37,1415
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0,3011 0,0058 217,1518
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0,8761 0,0169 631,8389
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0,9429 0,0182 680,0148
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 1,0000 0,0193 721,1950
One 2 Euro-Coin: 1,0088 0,0195 727,5415
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 3,5495 0,0685 2.559,8816
A classic game dice: 3,6523 0,0705 2.634,0205
One cigarette: 3,9830 0,0769 2.872,5197
Average greeting card: 5,2800 0,1019 3.807,9096
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 6,2370 0,1204 4.498,0932
With the amount of one sheet of paper (massive gold) we could gild almost 30 human bodys!
Battery Typ LR6 AA: 7,4516 0,1438 5.374,0567
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 7,5873 0,1465 5.471,9228
CD or DVD (the disk): 13,3596 0,2579 9.634,8767
One original Mozartkugel: 14,1372 0,2729 10.195,6779
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 14,1610 0,2733 10.212,8424
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 18,5066 0,3572 13.346,8674
1 tea candle (complete volume): 18,8830 0,3645 13.618,3252
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 20,1539 0,3890 14.534,8919
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 21,6880 0,4186 15.641,2771
Match box: 29,8741 0,5766 21.545,0515
Golfball: 41,0516 0,7924 29.606,2086
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 49,7784 0,9608 35.899,9331
iPhone 4: 62,7817 1,2118 45.277,8480
One hen's egg: 73,4398 1,4175 52.964,4165
Pack of cigarettes: 114,1579 2,2035 82.330,1209
Tennis ball: 134,0664 2,5877 96.688,0172
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 141,6100 2,7334 102.128,4237
Baseball ball: 212,1748 4,0954 153.019,4046
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 300,0000 5,7906 216.358,4996
Beverage can (330 ml): 330,0000 6,3697 237.994,3495
Beverage can (500 ml): 500,0000 9,6510 360.597,4993
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 1.000,0000 19,3020 721.194,9985
American football ball: 3.830,5000 73,9363 2.762.537,4419
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 5.798,6758 111,9260 4.181.975,9851
Average shoe box: 10.500,0000 202,6710 7.572.547,4846
Medicine ball: 18.816,5692 363,1974 13.570.415,5967
Human body (average volume): 75.000,0000 1.447,6500 54.089.624,8903
<– back to the Joseph's-Penny