Gold….Let’s Review Some Facts

Posted By on September 6, 2010

Have you ever wondered about which countries have the biggest gold reserves or are the largest producers of gold?


Atomic Number: 79

Symbol: Au

Atomic Weight: 196.9665

Discovery: Known since prehistoric time

Word Origin: Sanskrit Jval; Anglo-Saxon gold; meaning gold – also Latin aurum, shining dawn

 Carats and carobs

The word ‘carat’ (the measurement for gold purity) comes from ‘carob’; carob seeds were originally used to balance scales in Oriental bazaars. Pure gold is designated 24 carat, which compares with the ‘fineness’ by which bar gold is defined.

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Who's Got All The Gold and Who's Mining It [Infographic] 

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