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: 1,177.6600 USD
One ounce (troy ounce): 31.1034768 g
We can infer the price in USD per gramm: 37.8626 USD
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): 1,177.6419 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 588.8399 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 294.4200 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 118.1693 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 23,550.5672 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 1,177,641.9471 USD
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1,284.6797 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 642.3398 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 321.1888 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 128.4680 USD
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 1,177.6609 USD
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 588.7642 USD
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 294.5714 USD
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 117.7528 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1,264.3512 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 642.3512 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 321.1737 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 128.4718 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 1,177.6419 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 588.8399 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 294.4200 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 117.7528 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 58.8764 USD
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 37.8626 USD
2 g: 75.7253 USD
2.5 g: 94.6566 USD
5 g: 189.3132 USD
10 g: 378.6265 USD
20 g: 757.2530 USD
50 g: 1,893.1324 USD
100 g: 3,786.2648 USD
250 g: 9,465.6621 USD
500 g: 18,931.3241 USD
1,000 g: 37,862.6482 USD
12,441 g: 471,064.0000 USD

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 (USD): 730,824,836 USD
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 (USD): 5,846,598,685,070 USD
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0.0221 kg
Price (USD): 835.2284 USD
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 $ (USD)
Paper clip (25mm = 0.98 inch): 0.003143 0.002192 37.6375
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.018374 0.012813 220.0514
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0.053463 0.037281 640.2756
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.057539 0.040124 689.0947
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 0.061024 0.042554 730.8248
One 2 Euro-Coin: 0.061561 0.042928 737.2561
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 0.216604 0.151044 2,594.0628
A classic game dice: 0.222877 0.155419 2,669.1915
One cigarette: 0.243058 0.169491 2,910.8753
Average greeting card: 0.322205 0.224683 3,858.7551
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 0.380605 0.265407 4,558.1545
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 5,445.8143
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 0.463005 0.322867 5,544.9873
CD or DVD (the disk): 0.815253 0.568499 9,763.5275
One original Mozartkugel: 0.862705 0.601589 10,331.8169
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 0.864157 0.602602 10,349.2105
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 1.129342 0.787523 13,525.0829
1 tea candle (complete volume): 1.152311 0.803540 13,800.1654
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 1.229866 0.857622 14,728.9707
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 1.323483 0.922903 15,850.1290
Match box: 1.823029 1.271251 21,832.7342
Golfball: 2.505122 1.746894 30,001.5288
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 3.037664 2.118251 36,379.2910
iPhone 4: 3.831174 2.671589 45,882.4256
One hen's egg: 4.481572 3.125130 53,671.6298
Pack of cigarettes: 6.966344 4.857833 83,429.4431
Tennis ball: 8.181234 5.705011 97,979.0547
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 8.641572 6.026019 103,492.1050
Baseball ball: 12.947701 9.028807 155,062.6133
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 18.307123 12.766088 219,247.4507
Beverage can (330 ml): 20.137836 14.042697 241,172.1958
Beverage can (500 ml): 30.511872 21.276813 365,412.4178
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 61.023744 42.553626 730,824.8356
American football ball: 233.751452 163.001664 2,799,424.5329
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 353.856908 246.754680 4,237,816.2884
Average shoe box: 640.749313 446.813071 7,673,660.7742
Medicine ball: 1,148.257504 800.713245 13,751,616.0928
Human body (average volume): 4,576.780808 3,191.521939 54,811,862.6725
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