Questions

What is the element symbol for gold? – Au

What is the atomic number of gold? – 79

What is the atomic weight of gold? – 196.665

What is the weight of the world’s largest gold bar?  – 250 kg (551 lb)

What is the melting point of 24k gold? – 1063˚C (1945˚F)

Which states have gold as their state mineral? – California and Alaska

What is the name given to the mixture of acids that can be used to dissolve gold? – Aqua Regia

Facts

The word “gold” comes from the Old English word “geolu,” meaning yellow.

In 2014, Dubai launched a program that pays children 1 gram of gold for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of weight they lose.

Aurophobia is the fear of gold.

Indian housewives hold 11% of the World’s Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland, and Germany put together.

The most valuable legal tender coin in the world is a US$1 million coin from Australia. Since it weighs 1,000 kg and is 99.99% pure gold, it is worth almost US$45 million.

The most expensive gold coin in the world is the 1933 Double Eagle, which was sold at Sotheby’s in New York in 2002 for $7.59 million.

In 1869, two Australians unearthed the world’s largest nugget of gold, the “Welcome Stranger,” which measured 10 by 25 inches before it was melted down.

Gold is extremely ductile. A single ounce of gold (about 28 grams) can be stretched into a gold thread 5 miles (8 kilometers) long. Gold threads can even be used as embroidery thread.

 

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