45 FACTS
ABOUT
GOLD
BROUGHT TO YOU BY GARFIELD REFINING
WWW.GARFIELDREFINING.COM
FACTS ADAPTED FROM RANDOMHISTORY.COM
THE WORLD POURS MORE STEEL IN AN
HOUR THAN IT HAS POURED GOLD SINCE
THE BEGINNING OF RECORDED HISTORY.
source
GOLD HAS BEEN DISCOVERED ON EVERY
CONTINENT ON EARTH.
source
GOLD CAN CONDUCT BOTH HEAT AND
ELECTRICITY AND IT NEVER RUSTS.
source
IT IS THOUGHT THAT 80% OF THE
WORLD’S GOLD IS STILL IN THE GROUND.
source
75% OF ALL GOLD IN CIRCULATION HAS
BEEN EXTRACTED SINCE 1910.
source
A MEDICAL STUDY IN FRANCE FROM THE
EARLY 1900S SUGGESTS THAT GOLD IS
AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.source
GOLD IS SO PLIABLE IT CAN BE MADE
INTO SEWING THREAD. ONE OUNCE CAN
BE STRETCHED OVER 50 MILES.
source
GOLD IS EDIBLE AND USED IN SOME
DESSERTS.
source
SOME NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
BELIEVED CONSUMING GOLD COULD
ALLOW HUMANS TO LEVITATE.
source
THE LARGEST GOLD NUGGET WAS
10”X25”, YIELDING 2,249 OUNCES OF
PURE GOLD.
source
THE LARGEST GOLD NUGGET EVER
FOUND WAS JUST 2 INCHES BELOW THE
SURFACE.
source
IN MARCH 2008, THE PRICE OF GOLD HIT
$1,000 AN OUNCE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
source
DEMAND FOR GOLD ROSE SHARPLY IN
2008 DURING THE RECESSION.
source
GOLD IS CHEMICALLY INERT, SO IT
NEVER CAUSES SKIN IRRITATION.
source
ONE CUBIC FOOT OF GOLD WEIGHS HALF
A TON.
source
THE WORLD’S LARGEST GOLD BAR
WEIGHS 250 KG (551 LB).
source
THE LAST TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS
WERE ENTIRELY OF GOLD WAS IN 1912.
source
THE INCAS THOUGHT GOLD
REPRESENTED THEIR SUN GOD AND
CALLED IT “TEARS OF THE SUN.”
source
AROUND 1200 BC, EGYPTIANS USED
UNSHORN SHEEPSKIN TO MINE FOR
GOLD DUST FROM THE SANDS OF THE
BLACK SEA.source
IN ANCIENT EGYPT, GOLD WAS
UNAVAILABLE TO ANYONE BUT THE
PHARAOHS.
source
THERE ARE MORE THAN 400
REFERENCES TO GOLD IN THE BIBLE.
source
GOLD WAS MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE
GIFTS OF THE MAGI.
source
THE GREEKS THOUGHT THAT GOLD WAS
A DENSE COMBINATION OF WATER AND
SUNLIGHT.
source
IN 560 BC, THE LYDIANS INTRODUCED
THE FIRST GOLD COIN.
source
THE CHEMICAL SYMBOL FOR GOLD IS AU,
FROM THE LATIN WORD AURUM MEANING
“SHINING DAWN.”
source
DURING THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY,
DRINKING MOLTEN GOLD AND CRUSHED
EMERALDS WAS USED AS A TREATMENT
FOR THE BUBONIC PLAQUE.so...
IN 1511, KING FERDINAND OF SPAIN
COINED THE IMMORTAL PHRASE: “GET
GOLD, HUMANELY IF POSSIBLE—BUT AT
ALL HAZARDS, GET GOLD....
BOTH GREEKS AND JEWS BEGIN TO
PRACTICE ALCHEMY IN 300 BC.
source
ORIGINALLY THE U.S. MINT MADE $2.50,
$10, AND $15 COINS OF SOLID GOLD.
MINTING OF GOLD STOPPED IN 1933,
DURING THE GREAT D...
THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ARE NAMED
AFTER THE 1849 GOLD RUSH MINERS.
source
GOLD AND COPPER WERE THE FIRST
METALS TO BE DISCOVERED BY HUMANS
AROUND 5000 BC.
source
THE WORLD’S LARGEST STOCKPILE OF
GOLD CAN BE FOUND FIVE STORIES
UNDERGROUND INSIDE THE FEDERAL
RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK’S ...
THAT VAULT HOLDS 25% OF THE
WORLD'S GOLD RESERVE (540,000 GOLD
BARS).
source
THE MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA CAN
DESCEND AS FAR AS 12,000 FEET AND
REACH TEMPERATURES OF 130°F.
source
APPROXIMATELY 142,000 TONS OF GOLD
HAVE BEEN MINED THROUGHOUT HISTORY.
source
THE FIRST GOLD EVER DISCOVERED IN
THE U.S. WAS A 17-POUND NUGGET
FOUND IN CABARRUS, NC.
source
IN 1848, GOLD WAS DISCOVERED NEAR
SACRAMENTO, SPARKING THE
CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH.
source
THE PURITY OF GOLD IS MEASURED BY
KARAT.
source
source
“SOLID GOLD” IS GOLD THAT HAS A
MINIMUM PURITY OF 10 KARAT.
source
STANDARD KARATS FOUND ARE 10, 12,
14, 18, 22, OR 24. THE HIGHER THE
NUMBER, THE GREATER THE PURITY.
“PURE GOLD” MUST HAVE A KARAT OF
24. PURE GOLD IS SO SOFT THAT IT CAN
BE MOLDED BY HAND.
source
THE SIZE OF A STANDARD GOLD BAR IS
7" BY 3 AND 5/8" BY 1 AND 3/4“.
source
THERE IS AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 10
BILLION TONS OF GOLD IN THE OCEANS.
source
THE WORLD’S FIRST GOLD VENDING
MACHINE WAS UNVEILED IN MAY 2010 IN
ABU DHABI.
source
IN 1968, GOLD WAS MADE THE OFFICIAL
STATE MINERAL OF ALASKA.
source
ABOUT GARFIELD
REFINING
Garfield Refining Company is a 120 year old precious metals refinery
that buys gold, silver, plati...
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  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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