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Garfield Refining - 45 Facts You Didn't Know About Gold

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Garfield Refining has created a resource on 45 different facts about gold throughout history and its current uses. These slides are open to everyone, whether researching for historical gold facts or looking for some fun gold trivia.

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Garfield Refining - 45 Facts You Didn't Know About Gold

  1. 1. 45 FACTS ABOUT GOLD BROUGHT TO YOU BY GARFIELD REFINING WWW.GARFIELDREFINING.COM FACTS ADAPTED FROM RANDOMHISTORY.COM
  2. 2. THE WORLD POURS MORE STEEL IN AN HOUR THAN IT HAS POURED GOLD SINCE THE BEGINNING OF RECORDED HISTORY. source
  3. 3. GOLD HAS BEEN DISCOVERED ON EVERY CONTINENT ON EARTH. source
  4. 4. GOLD CAN CONDUCT BOTH HEAT AND ELECTRICITY AND IT NEVER RUSTS. source
  5. 5. IT IS THOUGHT THAT 80% OF THE WORLD’S GOLD IS STILL IN THE GROUND. source
  6. 6. 75% OF ALL GOLD IN CIRCULATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED SINCE 1910. source
  7. 7. A MEDICAL STUDY IN FRANCE FROM THE EARLY 1900S SUGGESTS THAT GOLD IS AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.source
  8. 8. GOLD IS SO PLIABLE IT CAN BE MADE INTO SEWING THREAD. ONE OUNCE CAN BE STRETCHED OVER 50 MILES. source
  9. 9. GOLD IS EDIBLE AND USED IN SOME DESSERTS. source
  10. 10. SOME NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES BELIEVED CONSUMING GOLD COULD ALLOW HUMANS TO LEVITATE. source
  11. 11. THE LARGEST GOLD NUGGET WAS 10”X25”, YIELDING 2,249 OUNCES OF PURE GOLD. source
  12. 12. THE LARGEST GOLD NUGGET EVER FOUND WAS JUST 2 INCHES BELOW THE SURFACE. source
  13. 13. IN MARCH 2008, THE PRICE OF GOLD HIT $1,000 AN OUNCE FOR THE FIRST TIME. source
  14. 14. DEMAND FOR GOLD ROSE SHARPLY IN 2008 DURING THE RECESSION. source
  15. 15. GOLD IS CHEMICALLY INERT, SO IT NEVER CAUSES SKIN IRRITATION. source
  16. 16. ONE CUBIC FOOT OF GOLD WEIGHS HALF A TON. source
  17. 17. THE WORLD’S LARGEST GOLD BAR WEIGHS 250 KG (551 LB). source
  18. 18. THE LAST TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS WERE ENTIRELY OF GOLD WAS IN 1912. source
  19. 19. THE INCAS THOUGHT GOLD REPRESENTED THEIR SUN GOD AND CALLED IT “TEARS OF THE SUN.” source
  20. 20. AROUND 1200 BC, EGYPTIANS USED UNSHORN SHEEPSKIN TO MINE FOR GOLD DUST FROM THE SANDS OF THE BLACK SEA.source
  21. 21. IN ANCIENT EGYPT, GOLD WAS UNAVAILABLE TO ANYONE BUT THE PHARAOHS. source
  22. 22. THERE ARE MORE THAN 400 REFERENCES TO GOLD IN THE BIBLE. source
  23. 23. GOLD WAS MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI. source
  24. 24. THE GREEKS THOUGHT THAT GOLD WAS A DENSE COMBINATION OF WATER AND SUNLIGHT. source
  25. 25. IN 560 BC, THE LYDIANS INTRODUCED THE FIRST GOLD COIN. source
  26. 26. THE CHEMICAL SYMBOL FOR GOLD IS AU, FROM THE LATIN WORD AURUM MEANING “SHINING DAWN.” source
  27. 27. DURING THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY, DRINKING MOLTEN GOLD AND CRUSHED EMERALDS WAS USED AS A TREATMENT FOR THE BUBONIC PLAQUE.source
  28. 28. IN 1511, KING FERDINAND OF SPAIN COINED THE IMMORTAL PHRASE: “GET GOLD, HUMANELY IF POSSIBLE—BUT AT ALL HAZARDS, GET GOLD.”source
  29. 29. BOTH GREEKS AND JEWS BEGIN TO PRACTICE ALCHEMY IN 300 BC. source
  30. 30. ORIGINALLY THE U.S. MINT MADE $2.50, $10, AND $15 COINS OF SOLID GOLD. MINTING OF GOLD STOPPED IN 1933, DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION.source
  31. 31. THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ARE NAMED AFTER THE 1849 GOLD RUSH MINERS. source
  32. 32. GOLD AND COPPER WERE THE FIRST METALS TO BE DISCOVERED BY HUMANS AROUND 5000 BC. source
  33. 33. THE WORLD’S LARGEST STOCKPILE OF GOLD CAN BE FOUND FIVE STORIES UNDERGROUND INSIDE THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK’S VAULT.source
  34. 34. THAT VAULT HOLDS 25% OF THE WORLD'S GOLD RESERVE (540,000 GOLD BARS). source
  35. 35. THE MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA CAN DESCEND AS FAR AS 12,000 FEET AND REACH TEMPERATURES OF 130°F. source
  36. 36. APPROXIMATELY 142,000 TONS OF GOLD HAVE BEEN MINED THROUGHOUT HISTORY. source
  37. 37. THE FIRST GOLD EVER DISCOVERED IN THE U.S. WAS A 17-POUND NUGGET FOUND IN CABARRUS, NC. source
  38. 38. IN 1848, GOLD WAS DISCOVERED NEAR SACRAMENTO, SPARKING THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH. source
  39. 39. THE PURITY OF GOLD IS MEASURED BY KARAT. source
  40. 40. source “SOLID GOLD” IS GOLD THAT HAS A MINIMUM PURITY OF 10 KARAT.
  41. 41. source STANDARD KARATS FOUND ARE 10, 12, 14, 18, 22, OR 24. THE HIGHER THE NUMBER, THE GREATER THE PURITY.
  42. 42. “PURE GOLD” MUST HAVE A KARAT OF 24. PURE GOLD IS SO SOFT THAT IT CAN BE MOLDED BY HAND. source
  43. 43. THE SIZE OF A STANDARD GOLD BAR IS 7" BY 3 AND 5/8" BY 1 AND 3/4“. source
  44. 44. THERE IS AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 10 BILLION TONS OF GOLD IN THE OCEANS. source
  45. 45. THE WORLD’S FIRST GOLD VENDING MACHINE WAS UNVEILED IN MAY 2010 IN ABU DHABI. source
  46. 46. IN 1968, GOLD WAS MADE THE OFFICIAL STATE MINERAL OF ALASKA. source
  47. 47. ABOUT GARFIELD REFINING Garfield Refining Company is a 120 year old precious metals refinery that buys gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. Most of all, we pride ourselves on our customer service and generations of satisfied customers. We find that great payouts and honesty create loyalty from all of our types of clients-- including private sellers, dentists, jewelers, pawnbrokers, gold buyers, or really anybody that needs refining. Garfield Refining is proudly family owned and operated and proudly American, located in Philadelphia PA since the 1800s. We approach refining as part industrial blue-collar hard work and part cutting-edge technological sophistication — Give us a call to discuss our process and services: 800-523-0968

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