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: 1,336.2050 USD
One ounce (troy ounce): 31.1034768 g
We can infer the price in USD per gramm: 42.9600 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): 1,336.1845 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 668.1137 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 334.0569 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 134.0781 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 26,721.1127 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 1,336,184.5167 USD
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1,457.6324 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 728.8162 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 364.4296 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 145.7632 USD
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 1,336.2060 USD
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 668.0278 USD
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 334.2287 USD
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 133.6056 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1,434.5672 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 728.8291 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 364.4124 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 145.7675 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 1,336.1845 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 668.1137 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 334.0569 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 133.6056 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 66.8028 USD
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 42.9600 USD
2 g: 85.9200 USD
2.5 g: 107.4000 USD
5 g: 214.7999 USD
10 g: 429.5999 USD
20 g: 859.1998 USD
50 g: 2,147.9994 USD
100 g: 4,295.9988 USD
250 g: 10,739.9971 USD
500 g: 21,479.9942 USD
1,000 g: 42,959.9883 USD
12,441 g: 534,482.0000 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): 829,213,695 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): 6,633,709,556,226 USD
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0.0221 kg
Price (USD): 947.6728 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 42.7045
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.018374 0.012813 249.6762
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0.053463 0.037281 726.4741
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.057539 0.040124 781.8656
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 0.061024 0.042554 829.2137
One 2 Euro-Coin: 0.061561 0.042928 836.5108
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 0.216604 0.151044 2,943.2940
A classic game dice: 0.222877 0.155419 3,028.5372
One cigarette: 0.243058 0.169491 3,302.7581
Average greeting card: 0.322205 0.224683 4,378.2483
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 0.380605 0.265407 5,171.8058
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 6,178.9688
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 0.463005 0.322867 6,291.4931
CD or DVD (the disk): 0.815253 0.568499 11,077.9633
One original Mozartkugel: 0.862705 0.601589 11,722.7598
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 0.864157 0.602602 11,742.4951
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 1.129342 0.787523 15,345.9262
1 tea candle (complete volume): 1.152311 0.803540 15,658.0422
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 1.229866 0.857622 16,711.8899
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 1.323483 0.922903 17,983.9866
Match box: 1.823029 1.271251 24,772.0128
Golfball: 2.505122 1.746894 34,040.5489
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 3.037664 2.118251 41,276.9310
iPhone 4: 3.831174 2.671589 52,059.4454
One hen's egg: 4.481572 3.125130 60,897.2879
Pack of cigarettes: 6.966344 4.857833 94,661.3106
Tennis ball: 8.181234 5.705011 111,169.6949
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 8.641572 6.026019 117,424.9513
Baseball ball: 12.947701 9.028807 175,938.2498
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 18.307123 12.766088 248,764.1084
Beverage can (330 ml): 20.137836 14.042697 273,640.5192
Beverage can (500 ml): 30.511872 21.276813 414,606.8473
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 61.023744 42.553626 829,213.6945
American football ball: 233.751452 163.001664 3,176,303.0569
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 353.856908 246.754680 4,808,341.3835
Average shoe box: 640.749313 446.813071 8,706,743.7925
Medicine ball: 1,148.257504 800.713245 15,602,956.8647
Human body (average volume): 4,576.780808 3,191.521939 62,191,027.0896
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