What You Don’t Know About Gold

Sometimes the writing gods throw your next subject in your face, and you don’t realize it. I was reading a passage in the Bible about the building of Solomon’s temple.

“He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar.

Gold. It never dawned on me how long we have revered gold. This metal was precious in biblical times, and today we still admire its value. I might have to do a little research on this. I’m curious.

The research started shaping up. I think this is interesting and something my loyal readers would find interesting too.

The next day I received my “This Day in History” email and lo and behold on Aug. 16 in 1896, gold was discovered in the Yukon. That was definitely a push to travel this path.

What sealed the deal? The Italian Job came up on my television when I turned it on. If you don’t know the movie it’s about stealing gold. The writing gods don’t have to hit me over the head a fourth time. I was supposed to write about gold.

The wonderful thing about the internet is that it makes any writer’s research easier.

But that convenience comes with a downside. You have to sift through all the information, evaluate your sources and make the best judgment you can.

Most of this information comes from websites selling gold. I also use the Encylopaedia Britannica website. Most of the same information was found on more than one website so I feel confident that it’s accurate. If anyone has objections, feel free to let me know, and I’ll take it under advisement. I’ll then have my lawyers call your lawyers.

Fun Facts About Gold

1. Evidence of gold use dates back to Ancient Egypt. The capstones on the Pyramids of Giza are made of solid gold.

2. Gold is the oldest precious metal. The lure of gold can be attributed to its beauty, its scarcity and its malleable property making it easy to use for adornment.

3. Gold is one of the heaviest metals. The volume is 19 times heavier than water. One cubic foot of gold weights 1206 pounds.

4. Ancient Greeks regarded gold as a status symbol.

5. A gold brick weighs about 27 lbs.

6. Gold is considered a noble metal, so it doesn’t oxidize under normal conditions

7. Pure gold is soft, about the hardness of a penny.

8. The proportion of gold is measured in karats, 24 karats being the purest form. 14 karat gold has 14 parts gold to 10 parts of metal creating the gold alloy.

9. The largest gold mine in the United States is the Homestate mine in Lead, South Dakota which is opened 1876.

10. In 1792 the United States passed the Mint and Coinage Act placing our country on a bi-metallic, silver-gold standard. This remained in one form or another until 1976.

11. George Harrison from South Africa discovered gold in his backyard in 1868. That discovery changed South Africa forever. It is now the highest producer of gold in the world.

12. By 550 BC the Greeks were mining for gold throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.

13. It is rarer to find a one ounce gold nugget than a five carat diamond.

I hope these facts will pique your interest enough to do some reading on your own. The history of gold is more interesting than I though it would be. Many thanks to the writing gods for their subtle suggestions.


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