Gold FAQs:


Q: Is gold a chemical element with symbol Au and atomic number 79?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold determined through trading in the gold and derivatives markets?

A: Yes, but a procedure known as the Gold Fixing in London, originating in September 1919, provides a daily benchmark price to the industry.

Q: Is gold enough to prevent ice from forming?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold XAU?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold used as the reflective layer on some high-end CDs?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gold replaced by a system of nominally convertible currencies related by fixed exchange rates following the Bretton Woods system?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold mentioned in the Amarna letters numbered 19 and 26 from around the 14th century BC?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gold considered useless and they saw much greater value in other minerals which were directly related to their utility?

A: Yes, such as obsidian, flint, and slate.

Q: Is gold the most noble of the noble metals?

A: Yes, and it still forms many diverse compounds.

Q: Is gold mentioned frequently in the Old Testament?

A: Yes, and starting with Genesis 2:11 , the story of The Golden Calf and many parts of the temple including the Menorah and the golden altar.

Q: Is gold used in research applications in medicine?

A: Yes, and biology and materials science.

Q: Was gold at a high price in Egypt until they came in that year?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold attacked by free chlorine?

A: Yes, and its good conductivity and general resistance to oxidation and corrosion in other environments has led to its widespread industrial use in the electronic era as a thin-layer coating on electrical connectors, thereby ensuring good connection.

Q: Is gold non-toxic and non-irritating when ingested and is sometimes used as a food decoration in the form of gold leaf?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold unaffected by most acids?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold both a mononuclidic and monoisotopic element?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold inert to all body chemistry?

A: Yes, and it has no taste, it provides no nutrition, and it leaves the body unaltered.

Q: Is gold also used in electrical contacts because of its resistance to corrosion?

A: Yes, and electrical conductivity, ductility and lack of toxicity.

Q: Is gold so abundant that it is used to make chains for slaves?

A: Yes, and tableware, and lavatory seats.

Q: Is gold insoluble in nitric acid?

A: Yes, and which dissolves silver and base metals, a property that has long been used to refine gold and to confirm the presence of gold in metallic objects, giving rise to the term acid test.

Q: Is gold a good conductor of heat and electricity?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold in possession of something of great value on Earth and a substance to even help souls to paradise?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold thought to have been produced in supernova nucleosynthesis?

A: Yes, and from the collision of neutron stars, and to have been present in the dust from which the Solar System formed.

Q: Is gold struck in Lydia?

A: Yes, and Asia Minor, around 600 BC.

Q: Is gold often subsequently refined industrially by the Wohlwill process which is based on electrolysis or by the Miller process?

A: Yes, that is chlorination in the melt.

Q: Was gold important in the establishment of what is probably the world's earliest coinage in Lydia around 610 BC?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold controlled by legislation in Europe?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold in fabrication of corrosion-free electrical connectors in computers and other electrical devices?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gold left to find its free-market level?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gold still used to settle international accounts at the old $35?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gold found in a grave circa 370 BC?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold also used in infrared shielding?

A: Yes, and colored-glass production, gold leafing, and tooth restoration.

Q: Is gold associated with perfect or divine principles?

A: Yes, such as in the case of the golden ratio and the golden rule.

Q: Was gold recorded in the 12th Dynasty around 1900 BC?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold measured by troy weight and by grams?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold always richer at the surface of gold-bearing veins owing to the oxidation of accompanying minerals followed by weathering?

A: Yes, and washing of the dust into streams and rivers, where it collects and can be welded by water action to form nuggets.

Q: Is gold Au derivatives?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold found in ores in rock formed from the Precambrian time onward?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold visible to the naked eye?

A: Yes, and in most gold mines the gold is invisible.

Q: Was gold given the name of a unit of currency?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gold rooted in its relative rarity?

A: Yes, and easy handling and minting, easy smelting and fabrication, resistance to corrosion and other chemical reactions and its distinctive color.

Q: Is gold attacked by and dissolves in alkaline solutions of potassium or sodium cyanide?

A: Yes, and to form the salt gold cyanide—a technique that has been used in extracting metallic gold from ores in the cyanide process.

Q: Is gold strongly attacked by fluorine at dull-red heat to form gold fluoride?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold further associated with the wisdom of aging and fruition?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold blue?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold approved as a food additive in the EU?

A: Yes, Although the gold ion is toxic, the acceptance of metallic gold as a food additive is due to its relative chemical inertness, and resistance to being corroded or transformed into soluble salts by any known chemical process which would be encountered in the human body.

Q: Is gold of pharmacological value, since elemental gold is inert to all chemicals it encounters inside the body?

A: Yes, Some gold salts do have anti-inflammatory properties and at present two are still used as pharmaceuticals in the treatment of arthritis and other similar conditions in the US. These drugs have been explored as a means to help to reduce the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis, and also against tuberculosis and some parasites.

Q: Was gold often seen as beneficial for the health?

A: Yes, and in the belief that something so rare and beautiful could not be anything but healthy.

Q: Is gold similarly unaffected by most bases?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gold shipped to Spain?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold used in the connectors of the more expensive electronics cables?

A: Yes, such as audio, video and USB cables.

Q: Is gold a good reflector of electromagnetic radiation such as infrared and visible light?

A: Yes, as well as radio waves.

Q: Is gold slightly reddish-yellow?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold thought to have formed by the R-process in supernova nucleosynthesis?

A: Yes, but a relatively recent paper suggests that gold and other elements heavier than iron may also be produced in quantity by the collision of neutron stars.

Q: Is gold highly conductive to electricity, and has been used for electrical wiring in some high-energy applications?

A: Yes, For example, gold electrical wires were used during some of the Manhattan Project's atomic experiments, but large high-current silver wires were used in the calutron isotope separator magnets in the project.

Q: Is gold resistant to most acids?

A: Yes, though it does dissolve in aqua regia, a mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid, which forms a soluble tetrachloroaurate anion.

Q: Is gold a transition metal and a group 11 element?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold found only in six areas where archean rivers from the north and north-west formed extensive pebbly Braided river deltas before draining into the "Witwatersrand sea" where the rest of the Witwatersrand sediments were deposited?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold a relatively non-potent contact allergen?

A: Yes, and in comparison with metals like nickel.

Q: Was gold the circle with a point at its center?

A: Yes, and which was also the astrological symbol and the ancient Chinese character for the Sun.

Q: Is gold also a component of the alcoholic drinks Goldschläger?

A: Yes, and Gold Strike, and Goldwasser.

Q: Is gold the most malleable of all metals?

A: Yes, a single gram can be beaten into a sheet of 1 square meter, and an avoirdupois ounce into 300 square feet.

Q: Was gold conducted by Japanese physicist Hantaro Nagaoka?

A: Yes, and who synthesized gold from mercury in 1924 by neutron bombardment.

Q: Was gold used for the bridal crown since antiquity?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gold mainly used for jewelry?

A: Yes, and China uses gold for manufacturing and retail.