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: 1,298.5200 USD
One ounce (troy ounce): 31.1034768 g
We can infer the price in USD per gramm: 41.7484 USD
The current exchange rate from USD to GBP: 0.7781  
Price of gold in GBP per gram: 32.4825 GBP
Price of gold in GBP per kilogram: 32,482.4581 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): 1,010.3019 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 505.1672 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 252.5836 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 101.3778 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 20,204.0889 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 1,010,301.8939 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1,102.1298 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 551.0649 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 275.5487 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 110.2130 GBP
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 1,010.3181 GBP
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 505.1022 GBP
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 252.7135 GBP
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 101.0204 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1,084.6900 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 551.0746 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 275.5357 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 110.2162 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 1,010.3019 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 505.1672 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 252.5836 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 101.0204 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 50.5102 GBP
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 32.4825 GBP
2 g: 64.9649 GBP
2.5 g: 81.2061 GBP
5 g: 162.4123 GBP
10 g: 324.8246 GBP
20 g: 649.6492 GBP
50 g: 1,624.1229 GBP
100 g: 3,248.2458 GBP
250 g: 8,120.6145 GBP
500 g: 16,241.2290 GBP
1,000 g: 32,482.4581 GBP
12,441 g: 404,126.9526 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): 626,976,406 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): 5,015,811,248,181 GBP
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0.0221 kg
Price (GBP): 716.5445 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 32.2893
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.018374 0.012813 188.7826
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0.053463 0.037281 549.2940
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.057539 0.040124 591.1761
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 0.061024 0.042554 626.9764
One 2 Euro-Coin: 0.061561 0.042928 632.4938
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 0.216604 0.151044 2,225.4528
A classic game dice: 0.222877 0.155419 2,289.9059
One cigarette: 0.243058 0.169491 2,497.2470
Average greeting card: 0.322205 0.224683 3,310.4354
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 0.380605 0.265407 3,910.4518
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 4,671.9774
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 0.463005 0.322867 4,757.0581
CD or DVD (the disk): 0.815253 0.568499 8,376.1540
One original Mozartkugel: 0.862705 0.601589 8,863.6908
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 0.864157 0.602602 8,878.6129
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 1.129342 0.787523 11,603.2016
1 tea candle (complete volume): 1.152311 0.803540 11,839.1955
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 1.229866 0.857622 12,636.0198
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 1.323483 0.922903 13,597.8643
Match box: 1.823029 1.271251 18,730.3559
Golfball: 2.505122 1.746894 25,738.3846
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 3.037664 2.118251 31,209.8823
iPhone 4: 3.831174 2.671589 39,362.6446
One hen's egg: 4.481572 3.125130 46,045.0219
Pack of cigarettes: 6.966344 4.857833 71,574.3224
Tennis ball: 8.181234 5.705011 84,056.4696
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 8.641572 6.026019 88,786.1289
Baseball ball: 12.947701 9.028807 133,028.5936
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 18.307123 12.766088 188,092.9218
Beverage can (330 ml): 20.137836 14.042697 206,902.2140
Beverage can (500 ml): 30.511872 21.276813 313,488.2030
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 61.023744 42.553626 626,976.4060
American football ball: 233.751452 163.001664 2,401,633.1233
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 353.856908 246.754680 3,635,632.9128
Average shoe box: 640.749313 446.813071 6,583,252.2632
Medicine ball: 1,148.257504 800.713245 11,797,544.9307
Human body (average volume): 4,576.780808 3,191.521939 47,023,230.4517
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