Focus and Intent:
The cupel.com website is inspired by my own interest and research into gold. I have placed my collected information about gold online here in the hope that it may prove useful. Use the navigation menu to the left to navigate the cupel website....... here are some featured gold pages.
cupel.com gold resources include:
- Gold Facts: Everything you ever wanted to know about Gold, factual information about gold................ [more]
- Gold: An overview of Gold, two seperate articles here about gold................ [more]
- Poetry: Great poems that have Gold as their main theme. A unique Gold teaching resource................ [more]
- History: Throughout the history of the human race gold has been held in high esteem; for its colour, rarity, malleability and durability................ [more]
- Tutankhamun: The boy king of Ancient Egypt was buried surrounded by and covered by gold................ [more]
- Gold Mythology: King Midas and the Golden Touch................ [more]
- Gold Images: Gold Coins, Gold Nuggets, Gold Ingots, Gold Sovereigns and Gold Krugerrands................ [more]
A pile of 12 Gold Ingots.
Gold is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Au (L. aurum) and atomic number 79. Gold is a soft, shiny, yellow, dense, malleable, ductile (trivalent and univalent) transition metal, gold does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine, fluorine and aqua regia. The metal occurs as nuggets of gold, or grains of gold in rocks and in alluvial deposits and is one of the coinage metals.
Gold is used as a monetary standard for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). For millenia, gold has been used as money by many nations and gold is also used in jewelry, dentistry, and in electronics. Gold's ISO currency code is XAU.
Did you know?
- Gold Bullion is so rare that all the gold ever mined could fit into a gold cube measuring just 20 metres (66 ft) on each side.
- Alternately, it is claimed, that all the gold that has been mined thorughout the history of mankind could be incorporated in a solid gold ball with a diameter of 27 metres.
- 75% of all gold ever produced has been extracted since 1910.
- The largest gold nugget ever found weighed 195 pounds. The huge gold nugget was found in 1854 at Carson Hill near the Stanislaus River in California. At the time the gold nugget was found it was valued at $43,534.
- The chemical symbol for gold is Au, which is the first two letters of the Latin word aurum, which means 'shining dawn'.
- Gold gets its name from the Old English word for yellow, 'geolu'.
- Gold is the only metal that does not oxidise, tarnish or "rust" in air at normal temperatures. Gold is the most non-reactive of all metals.
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