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: 1,310.2800 USD
One ounce (troy ounce): 31.1034768 g
We can infer the price in USD per gramm: 42.1265 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): 1,310.2599 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/2 ounce): 655.1510 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/4 ounce): 327.5755 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1/10 ounce): 131.4767 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (20 ounces) special edition 2009: 26,202.6707 USD
Vienna Philharmonic Coin (1000 ounces) "Big Phil" special edition 2004: 1,310,259.9141 USD
US Golden Eagle (1 ounce): 1,429.3515 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/2 ounce): 714.6757 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/4 ounce): 357.3589 USD
US Golden Eagle (1/10 ounce): 142.9351 USD
American Buffalo (1 ounce): 1,310.2810 USD
American Buffalo (1/2 ounce): 655.0668 USD
American Buffalo (1/4 ounce): 327.7440 USD
American Buffalo (1/10 ounce): 131.0134 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1 ounce): 1,406.7338 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/2 ounce): 714.6884 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/4 ounce): 357.3421 USD
ZA Krugerrand (1/10 ounce): 142.9394 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1 ounce): 1,310.2599 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/2 ounce): 655.1510 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/4 ounce): 327.5755 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 131.0134 USD
Canadian Maple Leaf (1/10 ounce): 65.5067 USD
Bars of gold - per weight:
1 g: 42.1265 USD
2 g: 84.2530 USD
2.5 g: 105.3162 USD
5 g: 210.6324 USD
10 g: 421.2648 USD
20 g: 842.5296 USD
50 g: 2,106.3240 USD
100 g: 4,212.6480 USD
250 g: 10,531.6201 USD
500 g: 21,063.2401 USD
1,000 g: 42,126.4802 USD
12,441 g: 524,112.0000 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): 813,125,321 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): 6,505,002,568,716 USD
How much gold would each person get, if we distributed it equally?
Kilograms per Head: 0.0221 kg
Price (USD): 929.2861 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 41.8760
One 1 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.018374 0.012813 244.8320
One 1 Euro-Coin: 0.053463 0.037281 712.3791
One 50 (Euro)Cent-Coin: 0.057539 0.040124 766.6959
Cube 1 x 1 x 1 cm (0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inch): 0.061024 0.042554 813.1253
One 2 Euro-Coin: 0.061561 0.042928 820.2808
Battery typ LR03 AAA: 0.216604 0.151044 2,886.1883
A classic game dice: 0.222877 0.155419 2,969.7776
One cigarette: 0.243058 0.169491 3,238.6782
Average greeting card: 0.322205 0.224683 4,293.3017
1 sheet of paper (DIN A4): 0.380605 0.265407 5,071.4626
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 6,059.0846
Original Las Vegas dice (7/11, Craps): 0.463005 0.322867 6,169.4257
CD or DVD (the disk): 0.815253 0.568499 10,863.0290
One original Mozartkugel: 0.862705 0.601589 11,495.3153
Manner wafer (1 wafer): 0.864157 0.602602 11,514.6677
Battery typ 6LR61 (9 volt block): 1.129342 0.787523 15,048.1851
1 tea candle (complete volume): 1.152311 0.803540 15,354.2454
Beer coaster (round - Heineken): 1.229866 0.857622 16,387.6464
Pencil (7 inch, unsharpened): 1.323483 0.922903 17,635.0620
Match box: 1.823029 1.271251 24,291.3872
Golfball: 2.505122 1.746894 33,380.0954
Batterie Typ LR20 D-Mono: 3.037664 2.118251 40,476.0775
iPhone 4: 3.831174 2.671589 51,049.3900
One hen's egg: 4.481572 3.125130 59,715.7610
Pack of cigarettes: 6.966344 4.857833 92,824.6954
Tennis ball: 8.181234 5.705011 109,012.7845
Manner wafers (pack of ten): 8.641572 6.026019 115,146.6767
Baseball ball: 12.947701 9.028807 172,524.7024
Capacity of one Ikea coffee cup (DINERA): 18.307123 12.766088 243,937.5963
Beverage can (330 ml): 20.137836 14.042697 268,331.3560
Beverage can (500 ml): 30.511872 21.276813 406,562.6605
Tetra-pack (1000 ml): 61.023744 42.553626 813,125.3211
American football ball: 233.751452 163.001664 3,114,676.5424
Football (Soccer) ball (size 5): 353.856908 246.754680 4,715,050.1218
Average shoe box: 640.749313 446.813071 8,537,815.8714
Medicine ball: 1,148.257504 800.713245 15,300,228.8726
Human body (average volume): 4,576.780808 3,191.521939 60,984,399.0817
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