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: 1,290.5950 USD
One ounce (troy ounce): 31.1034768 g
We can infer the price in USD per gramm: 41.4936 USD
The current exchange rate from USD to GBP: 0.7774  
Price of gold in GBP per gram: 32.2576 GBP
Price of gold in GBP per kilogram: 32,257.6169 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): 1,003.3087 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 501.6705 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 250.8352 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 100.6760 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 20,064.2377 GBP
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 1,003,308.6597 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1,094.5009 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 547.2505 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 273.6414 GBP
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 109.4501 GBP
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 1,003.3248 GBP
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 501.6059 GBP
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 250.9643 GBP
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 100.3212 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1,077.1818 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 547.2601 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 273.6285 GBP
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 109.4533 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 1,003.3087 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 501.6705 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 250.8352 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 100.3212 GBP
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 50.1606 GBP
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 32.2576 GBP
2 g: 64.5152 GBP
2.5 g: 80.6440 GBP
5 g: 161.2881 GBP
10 g: 322.5762 GBP
20 g: 645.1523 GBP
50 g: 1,612.8808 GBP
100 g: 3,225.7617 GBP
250 g: 8,064.4042 GBP
500 g: 16,128.8085 GBP
1,000 g: 32,257.6169 GBP
12,441 g: 401,329.6161 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): 622,636,522 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): 4,981,092,177,523 GBP
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0.0221 kg
Price (GBP): 711.5846 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 32.0658
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.018374 0.012813 187.4759
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0.053463 0.037281 545.4919
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.057539 0.040124 587.0840
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 0.061024 0.042554 622.6365
One 2 Euro-Coin: 0.061561 0.042928 628.1157
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 0.216604 0.151044 2,210.0483
A classic game dice: 0.222877 0.155419 2,274.0554
One cigarette: 0.243058 0.169491 2,479.9613
Average greeting card: 0.322205 0.224683 3,287.5208
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 0.380605 0.265407 3,883.3840
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 4,639.6383
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 0.463005 0.322867 4,724.1301
CD or DVD (the disk): 0.815253 0.568499 8,318.1749
One original Mozartkugel: 0.862705 0.601589 8,802.3370
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 0.864157 0.602602 8,817.1558
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 1.129342 0.787523 11,522.8851
1 tea candle (complete volume): 1.152311 0.803540 11,757.2454
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 1.229866 0.857622 12,548.5542
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 1.323483 0.922903 13,503.7409
Match box: 1.823029 1.271251 18,600.7057
Golfball: 2.505122 1.746894 25,560.2255
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 3.037664 2.118251 30,993.8499
iPhone 4: 3.831174 2.671589 39,090.1793
One hen's egg: 4.481572 3.125130 45,726.3017
Pack of cigarettes: 6.966344 4.857833 71,078.8903
Tennis ball: 8.181234 5.705011 83,474.6370
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 8.641572 6.026019 88,171.5579
Baseball ball: 12.947701 9.028807 132,107.7796
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 18.307123 12.766088 186,790.9567
Beverage can (330 ml): 20.137836 14.042697 205,470.0523
Beverage can (500 ml): 30.511872 21.276813 311,318.2611
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 61.023744 42.553626 622,636.5222
American football ball: 233.751452 163.001664 2,385,009.1983
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 353.856908 246.754680 3,610,467.3334
Average shoe box: 640.749313 446.813071 6,537,683.4830
Medicine ball: 1,148.257504 800.713245 11,715,883.2062
Human body (average volume): 4,576.780808 3,191.521939 46,697,739.1643
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