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
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): 1,290.5752 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 645.3084 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 322.6542 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 129.5015 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 25,809.0147 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 1,290,575.2159 USD
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1,407.8776 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 703.9388 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 351.9901 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 140.7878 USD
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 1,290.5960 USD
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 645.2254 USD
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 322.8202 USD
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 129.0451 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1,385.5997 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 703.9512 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 351.9736 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 140.7919 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 1,290.5752 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 645.3084 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 322.6542 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 129.0451 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 64.5225 USD
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 41.4936 USD
2 g: 82.9872 USD
2.5 g: 103.7340 USD
5 g: 207.4680 USD
10 g: 414.9359 USD
20 g: 829.8719 USD
50 g: 2,074.6796 USD
100 g: 4,149.3593 USD
250 g: 10,373.3982 USD
500 g: 20,746.7964 USD
1,000 g: 41,493.5928 USD
12,441 g: 516,238.0000 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): 800,909,328 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): 6,407,274,620,823 USD
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0.0221 kg
Price (USD): 915.3249 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 41.2468
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.018374 0.012813 241.1538
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0.053463 0.037281 701.6767
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.057539 0.040124 755.1774
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 0.061024 0.042554 800.9093
One 2 Euro-Coin: 0.061561 0.042928 807.9573
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 0.216604 0.151044 2,842.8277
A classic game dice: 0.222877 0.155419 2,925.1611
One cigarette: 0.243058 0.169491 3,190.0219
Average greeting card: 0.322205 0.224683 4,228.8012
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 0.380605 0.265407 4,995.2715
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 5,968.0559
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 0.463005 0.322867 6,076.7393
CD or DVD (the disk): 0.815253 0.568499 10,699.8283
One original Mozartkugel: 0.862705 0.601589 11,322.6153
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 0.864157 0.602602 11,341.6770
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 1.129342 0.787523 14,822.1086
1 tea candle (complete volume): 1.152311 0.803540 15,123.5708
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 1.229866 0.857622 16,141.4465
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 1.323483 0.922903 17,370.1215
Match box: 1.823029 1.271251 23,926.4453
Golfball: 2.505122 1.746894 32,878.6094
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 3.037664 2.118251 39,867.9849
iPhone 4: 3.831174 2.671589 50,282.4491
One hen's egg: 4.481572 3.125130 58,818.6208
Pack of cigarettes: 6.966344 4.857833 91,430.1429
Tennis ball: 8.181234 5.705011 107,375.0303
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 8.641572 6.026019 113,416.7699
Baseball ball: 12.947701 9.028807 169,932.7764
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 18.307123 12.766088 240,272.7983
Beverage can (330 ml): 20.137836 14.042697 264,300.0781
Beverage can (500 ml): 30.511872 21.276813 400,454.6638
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 61.023744 42.553626 800,909.3276
American football ball: 233.751452 163.001664 3,067,883.1794
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 353.856908 246.754680 4,644,213.5360
Average shoe box: 640.749313 446.813071 8,409,547.9398
Medicine ball: 1,148.257504 800.713245 15,070,365.7858
Human body (average volume): 4,576.780808 3,191.521939 60,068,199.5702
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