70 Interesting Facts About Gold
Gold has been one of the most sought-after and admired metals in the world for thousands of years. Most people buy gold for investment purposes, but the speciality of gold is manifold. Do you think you know everything there is to know about Gold? Think again! Check out these 70 interesting facts about Gold you may have never heard.
FACT#1. Gold is used in glass windows in Astronaut’s helmets to allow sun rays to cross through and prevent ultraviolet rays.
FACT#2. There are 25 tons of gold in every cubic mile of the ocean. Which is about 10 billion tons of gold in the oceans. At the moment, there is no economic way to know this.
FACT#3. Gold sheets can be so thin that an inch of them can contain more than 200,000 different sheets in a stack.
FACT#4. The largest piece of gold was found in Australia on 5 February 1869. It is a piece of pure gold of about 69 kg and was found only 2 inches below the ground.
FACT#5. Gold is so heavy that one cubic foot of it weighs half a ton.
FACT#6. Getting one ounce of gold is even rarer than getting a five-carat diamond.
FACT#7. Any type of gold in the world can be compressed into an 18-yard cube that is 1/10 of the mass of the Washington Monument.
FACT#8. It is said that gold is so rare that you can use steel in as much as one hour, so much gold has not been used even from the beginning.
FACT#9. 10 grams of gold can be made up to 5400 feet (1.6 km) long wire of one hair thickness.
FACT#10. Gold is found on all continents of the world.
FACT#11. Gold was first found in the world in 1848, in California.
FACT#12. James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848.
FACT#13. So far China is the world’s largest gold-producing country. China produces about 450 tonnes of gold every year. Australia and the United States were in second and third place.
FACT#14. Gold Medal has been given in Olympics since 1912 is only 1.34%.
FACT#15. The world’s largest gold biscuit weighs 250 kg.
FACT#16. Do you know that our body also has gold? About 0.2 mg of gold is present in our body, this gold is mostly in our blood.
FACT#17. 24-carat gold is melted at 1063 ° C and Gold boils at 2808 degrees centigrade
FACT#18. 100 per cent pure gold is very soft, which you can turn with your hands.
FACT#19. The highest gold in the world is found in South Africa.
FACT#20. India is the first country for purchasing gold in the world.
FACT#21. Scientists believe that gold can be found not only on Earth but also on Mercury, Mars, and Venus.
FACT#22. The first pure gold coin was made in 540 BC.
FACT#23. Sometimes water gets converted into gold due to earthquakes but this does not mean that due to minor earthquakes, your home water will be converted into gold.
FACT#24. Gold is found in 10, 12, 14, 18, 22, and 24 carats. The higher the carat, the purer the gold.
FACT#25. In 2014, a program was started in Dubai in which children will be given 2 grams of gold after reducing their weight by 1 kg.
FACT#26. In 2015, Apple collected 2204 pounds of gold from its broken iPhone, which was worth $ 40 million.
FACT#27. Of all the gold present in the world, only 11% of gold is from Indian women.
FACT#28. McLaren F1’s car engine is made of gold.
FACT#29. “Barrick Gold”, a Canadian gold-extracting company, has the highest gold extraction in the world. The company’s business is spread across Australia, North America, South America, and Africa.
FACT#30. Almost half of the gold extracted to date has been extracted from just one place: Witwatersrand, South Africa
FACT#31. So far, only 3 Olympic Swimming Pools can be filled from the gold that has been removed.
FACT#32. Most of the gold that exists on this earth has come from space.
FACT#33. To make a wire as long as the Sun from the Earth, 60 tons (54,000 kg) of gold will be required.
FACT#34. Pure gold can also be eaten. In some Asian countries, gold is added to fruits, jelly, snacks, coffee, and tea.
FACT#35. The word “gold” is from a Proto-Indo-European base meaning “yellow,” “green” or possibly “bright”.
FACT#36. A medical study in France in the early twentieth century suggests that gold is an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
FACT#37. Due to fears of a recession in March 2008, the price of gold rose to $ 1,000 an ounce for the first time in history.
FACT#38. Gold is chemically inert, which also explains why it never rusts and does not irritate the skin. If gold jewellery irritates the skin, it is likely that the gold is mixed with another metal.
FACT#39. The purity of gold is measured in carat weight. The word “carat” comes from “carob seed”, which was the standard for small amounts of weight in the Middle East. Carat was the fruit of the fruitless Karob tree, whose weight of each pod is 1/5 one gram (200 mg).
FACT#40. In ancient Egypt, gold was considered the skin or flesh of the gods. The sun god, Ra, was often referred to as the mountain of gold
FACT#41. The South African mine can descend to 12,000 feet and reach temperatures of 130 ° F. To produce one ounce of gold requires 38 man-hours, 1400 gallons of water, enough electricity to run a large house for ten days, and chemicals such as cyanide, acid, lead, borax, and lime.
FACT#42. The world’s largest gold reserves can be found five floors underground inside the Federal Reserve Bank New York vault and have 25% of the world’s gold reserves (540,000 gold bars). While it contains more gold than Fort Knox, much of it belongs to foreign governments.
FACT#43. Venice introduced the Duke of Gold in 1284 and it became the most popular gold coin in the world for the next 500 years. It is the currency used in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and is referenced in The Merchant of Venice.
FACT#44. During the fourteenth century, drinking molten gold and crushed emeralds were used as a treatment for bubonic plague.
FACT#45. Gold was one of the first metals discovered by humans with copper dating back to 5000 BC.
FACT#46. Gold was formed on Earth by meteorites, which bombed the planet 200 million years after it was formed.
FACT#47. The element symbol for gold is Au.
FACT#48. The most expensive gold coin was the Double Eagle of 1933, which sold for $ 7.59 million in 2002.
FACT#49. Pure elemental gold is 24 carats. While 18-carat gold is 75 per cent pure gold. 14-carat gold is 58.5 per cent pure gold. 10-carat gold is 41.7 per cent pure gold.
FACT#50. Gold is used for electronics, electrical wiring, dentistry, electronics, medicine, radiation shielding, and colouring glass.
FACT#51. The United States has the highest gold holding in the world with 8,133.5 tonnes.
FACT#52. Since the discovery of gold, approximately 88,000 tonnes of gold have been mined from Earth.
FACT#53. India is the second-largest consumer of gold in the world.
FACT#54. The most expensive dessert, the Frozen Haute Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae, was sold in 2007 in New York. It cost $ 25,000 and was decorated with 5 grams of edible 23-carat gold.
FACT#55. About 80% of the Earth’s gold is still buried in the ground.
FACT#56. The world’s first gold vending machine was unveiled in May 2010. Located in an ultra-luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, the vending machine itself is made in 24-carat gold.
FACT#57. In 1869, two Australians revealed the world’s largest gold nugget Welcome Stranger, which measured 10 inches by 25 inches before melting.
FACT#58. Since the discovery of gold at the Sutter Mill in California in 1848, 90% of the world’s gold has been mined.
FACT#59. King Chrysus of Lydia made the first pure gold coins in 540 BC.
FACT#60. Gold particles are also present in the leaves of Eucalyptus (also called the white trees).
FACT#61. If the entire gold present in the world is converted into a 5-micron wide wire, it can be wrapped around the entire earth 72 million times.
FACT#62. Giving employment to 100 million people (worldwide) work related to gold mining.
FACT#63. Nowadays, 60 per cent of the amount of gold mined is used to make jewellery.
FACT#64. The King Solomon of Israel built a gold temple in 950 BC.
FACT#65. The practice of using gold teeth started in 600 BC.
FACT#66. India consumes the most gold in the world, but only 2% of the world’s total gold production is in India. Much of the gold in India originates from the mines of Kolar in Mysore, from the state of Sikkim, and from the monsoon and Singhbhum districts of Bihar.
FACT#67. The first gold jewel was made by the people of Mesopotamia civilization in 2600 BC.
FACT#68. Gold hallmarking begins in London in 1300.
FACT#69. Gold Plated Stent Made. Gold was used for the first time in heart surgery in 2001.
FACT#70. Gold was used for the first time in the 2011 Catalytic Converter.