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.

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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 GBP: 0.7586  
Price of gold in GBP per gram: 31.9573 GBP
Price of gold in GBP per kilogram: 31,957.3164 GBP
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): 993.9684 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 497.0002 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 248.5001 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 99.7388 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 19,877.4508 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 993,968.4119 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1,084.3117 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 542.1559 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 271.0939 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 108.4312 GBP
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 993.9844 GBP
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 496.9363 GBP
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 248.6279 GBP
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 99.3873 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1,067.1539 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 542.1655 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 271.0811 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 108.4344 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 993.9684 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 497.0002 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 248.5001 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 99.3873 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 49.6936 GBP
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 31.9573 GBP
2 g: 63.9146 GBP
2.5 g: 79.8933 GBP
5 g: 159.7866 GBP
10 g: 319.5732 GBP
20 g: 639.1463 GBP
50 g: 1,597.8658 GBP
100 g: 3,195.7316 GBP
250 g: 7,989.3291 GBP
500 g: 15,978.6582 GBP
1,000 g: 31,957.3164 GBP
12,441 g: 397,593.4596 GBP

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: 35.31 cu.ft.
Weight (kg): 19,302 kg
Price (GBP): 616,840,121 GBP
8,000 cubic meter massive gold (= one cube 20 x 20 x 20 meter / 65.62 x 65.62 x 65.62 ft.):
Volume: 282,517.33 cu.ft.
Weight (kg): 154,416,000 kg
Price (GBP): 4,934,720,968,638 GBP
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0.0221 kg
Price (GBP): 704.9601 GBP
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 £ (GBP)
Paper clip (25mm = 0.98 inch): 0.003143 0.002192 31.7673
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.018374 0.012813 185.7306
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0.053463 0.037281 540.4136
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.057539 0.040124 581.6186
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 0.061024 0.042554 616.8401
One 2 Euro-Coin: 0.061561 0.042928 622.2683
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 0.216604 0.151044 2,189.4740
A classic game dice: 0.222877 0.155419 2,252.8852
One cigarette: 0.243058 0.169491 2,456.8742
Average greeting card: 0.322205 0.224683 3,256.9158
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 0.380605 0.265407 3,847.2318
With the amount of one sheet of paper (massive gold) we could gild almost 30 human bodys!
Battery Typ LR6 AA: 0.454725 0.317093 4,596.4458
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 0.463005 0.322867 4,680.1511
CD or DVD (the disk): 0.815253 0.568499 8,240.7373
One original Mozartkugel: 0.862705 0.601589 8,720.3922
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 0.864157 0.602602 8,735.0730
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 1.129342 0.787523 11,415.6134
1 tea candle (complete volume): 1.152311 0.803540 11,647.7920
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 1.229866 0.857622 12,431.7341
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 1.323483 0.922903 13,378.0285
Match box: 1.823029 1.271251 18,427.5435
Golfball: 2.505122 1.746894 25,322.2739
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 3.037664 2.118251 30,705.3143
iPhone 4: 3.831174 2.671589 38,726.2714
One hen's egg: 4.481572 3.125130 45,300.6151
Pack of cigarettes: 6.966344 4.857833 70,417.1852
Tennis ball: 8.181234 5.705011 82,697.5344
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 8.641572 6.026019 87,350.7295
Baseball ball: 12.947701 9.028807 130,877.9293
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 18.307123 12.766088 185,052.0363
Beverage can (330 ml): 20.137836 14.042697 203,557.2400
Beverage can (500 ml): 30.511872 21.276813 308,420.0605
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 61.023744 42.553626 616,840.1211
American football ball: 233.751452 163.001664 2,362,806.0838
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 353.856908 246.754680 3,576,855.8826
Average shoe box: 640.749313 446.813071 6,476,821.2713
Medicine ball: 1,148.257504 800.713245 11,606,814.8236
Human body (average volume): 4,576.780808 3,191.521939 46,263,009.0810
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