Here are some fascinating gold facts which you may not know from Gold Investments.
1. Gold is so thin that when hammered sunlight can shine through it.
2. To each of his soldiers, Julius Caesar gave 200 gold coins from the spoils of war (defeating Gaul).
3. Gold can be transmitted by nuclear reaction from platinum. However, because platinum is so rare, the process is far too expensive.
4. The precious metal is used in astronaut helmets (windows) to reflect infrared rays while allowing sunlight to pass through.
5. Gold is inactive, chemically. It is not affected by heat, air, ordinary solvents and moisture.
6. The yellow metal is a great conductor of electricity.
7. Pure gold will not cause skin irritations.
8. 49% of gold mined today is made into jewellery.
9. Gold is hardly used in its pure form because it is so soft.
10. Scientists believe that gold can be found on Venus, Mars and Mercury.
11. The largest gold coin ever made was cast in 2012 by the Perth Mint. It weighed one tonne and measured 80 cm in diameter.
12. One ounce of the yellow metal can be stretched to a length of 50 miles.
13. The dollar immediately lost 40% of its value when Franklin Roosevelt raised the price of gold from $20.67 to $35 in 1934.
14. Gold can be used as part of Self Investment Pension Portfolios.
15. The human body contains about 0.2 milligrams. Most of it is in our blood.
16. There are 10 million tons of gold in the sea.
17. 147.3 million ounces of gold are supposedly stored at Fort Knox.
18. The standard gold bar size is 7" by 3 and 5/8" by 1 ¾".
19. Elvis Presley owned three cars which had gold parts instead of chrome.
20. Former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski had a gold-threaded shower curtain (worth $6,000).
21. Around 500,000 people work in gold mining but only 2,500 tons a year is extracted.
22. There are currently 20 gold vending machines installed across three continents
23. Gold’s atomic number is 79.
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