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It may be small but it packs a punch.

I was doing some reading about plutonium and realized that I have a desire to own a thing that's surprisingly heavy when picked up. Deceivingly so. Heavy enough to make people exclaim at the weight of my small object. Bonus points if it's not (too) poisonous or (very) radioactive. I know Au and Pb are pretty heavy, but can I beat that? What's the very densest thing I can (legally) afford to acquire in sufficient volume to keep on my desk and fidget with?
posted by TheNewWazoo on Aug 29, 2014 - 28 answers

Where to sell dental laboratory scrap platinum, silver, gold?

My recently-deceased father owned a dental laboratory for years, and we found a small quantity of platinum foil, gold dental scrap, and unused silver-containing dental alloy in his shop. I am having a hard time finding reviews of refiners / scrappers. [more inside]
posted by LucretiusJones on Aug 14, 2014 - 6 answers

The elephant-donating warrior

Who is Krishnokanto Gojdani and what is his story? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 27, 2014 - 2 answers

What to do with gold teeth?

I must take care of some gold filled teeth. Each one is mostly tooth, with a gold filling. Do these actually have value? Do I go to a pawn shop, jewelery shop, dentist, other? [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner on Apr 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Book and movie name

What is the name of the book and movie about a simple-minded, poor man who lived with his mother, carried a pet bird with him and gets innocently involved in an social uprising? I think he discovered gold near the beginning and his clothes are tattered.
posted by mcbeitz on Nov 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Reputable budget online jewelry?

I'm interested in finding online sources of precious-metal jewelry at a low cost. For example, a site that had solid gold/gold plated/solid silver chains to put other jewelry on. I know ebay has a good selection, but I have found that things have been mislabeled (ie something marked solid gold that is obviously not). I also know there are some things like that on Etsy, but there has to be a source of their supplies. I'm more interested in the low cost side than the artful jewelry side (I already have lots of sites like that to drool at!).
posted by fermezporte on Sep 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Where is Germany's gold? And does it matter?

A friend mentioned something to me about the U.S. "losing Germany's gold," and I hadn't heard anything about this story. I did some research online and read about Germany's gold holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank, and how the Fed has refused to allow Germany to audit its holdings in the Fed vaults in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Unified Theory on Aug 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Best way to sell a gold coin collection?

My elderly father has spent all of his savings in recent months – around $200,000 – buying expensive coins. Most are gold, some are silver and platinum. Some are bullion; most are old and "rare." His collection was fun and interesting for a while, but now it has become a source of stress to him. He has no money left in the bank, and has decided he doesn’t want to keep the coins. It looks like Dad was skillfully played by slick sales reps, but I haven’t seen evidence yet that he has been defrauded. He has asked me to sell the coins for him. What’s the best way to sell a bunch of expensive coins? [more inside]
posted by spockmuppet on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Is it possible to track the history of someone's fortune over centuries?

Let's say someone (anyone) made a fortune in the early 18th century - would it be possible to track their fortune over time to see where it is in the present day? I can imagine this being relatively simple if the money just stayed in the family, but what if you wanted to track the fortunes made during something like the Gold Rush?
posted by domakesaypat on Jan 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Sell my gold coin on eBay or to a coin dealer?

Coin dealer or eBay to sell a 1 oz. Canadian Maple Leaf gold bullion coin? eBay seller fees are $62.50 for the first $1,000 + 2% of the remaining balance over $1,000.
posted by Bushmiller on Dec 27, 2012 - 8 answers

All that's silver was gold

Home for Christmas and my mom has a jewelry question. She tried cleaning the chain of her gold necklace using silver polish, and when she did, it turned silver. Why? And can it be reversed?
posted by EmGeeJay on Dec 22, 2012 - 5 answers

How does titanium wear?

What do polished titanium rings look like after they've been worn a while? I want to buy this as my (replacement) wedding ring, but the polish in the picture worries me. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Dec 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for a coin dealer in Toronto

A relative reently died and left me a bunch of gold coins. Some "real" coins (minted by governments) and a bunch of Franklin Mint specimens. I can find lots of plaecs that tell me the price if I can want to buy them, but nowhere to find out what they are worth to sell. Can someone recommend a reputable dealer in the Toronto area where I can take tham?
posted by Pablo MacWilliams on Oct 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Gold in mouth, cash in hand?

Gold dental work. Is it worth selling? If so, where do I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Garden of Eden treasure?

I'm familiar with Genesis 2:11-12 which briefly mentions the existence of gold in the area surrounding the Garden of Eden. But are there any other ancient references, be they apocryphal, Talmudic, or in folklore, that links Eden with some sort of material treasure? [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit on Aug 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Plunder Economics 101

The gold-coin contents of the cliche' pirate/dungeon treasure chest, how much would that be worth today? Assume a stereotypical treasure chest, knee high to an adult, filled with gold escudos in excellent condition. How much would the chest and contents sell for? Could you sell it?
posted by The Whelk on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Has anyone ever made an olympic, or world record in a qualifying round of the olympics without winning the gold medal in the final?

Has anyone ever broken an olympic, or world record in a qualifying round of the olympics without winning the gold medal in the final? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 4, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I transform my bed into gold?

How can I transform my super old vintage painted cast iron bed into a rad shiny metallic aged gold bed in the least painful/expensive way possible? [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Sorry, grandma!

Please help me find replacement earrings or a reasonable facsimile of a beloved pair. Oh, and for a reasonable price! [more inside]
posted by hmo on May 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Buying a custom/specialized engagement ring in the UK

My girlfriend would like a particular style of engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Roadtrip from Michigan to The Grand Canyon in June. Help me make it awesome!

Looking for activities and places to stop on the way to the Grand Canyon in June. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Apr 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Track listing of 1987 McDonalds Cassette series Rockin' Gold

Has anyone come across a 4-cassette series released by McDonalds in 1987?  The series was called "Rockin' Gold".  Two of the cassettes were called Lovin' Gold and Summer Classics.  If you can help me locate a listing of the tracks (oldies like Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow) then I can reconstruct this great playlist.  Thanks!
posted by GraemeMcRae on Apr 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Is dentist obligated to return patient's gold crown of extracted tooth?

Is dentist required to return a gold crown of extracted molar to patient? [more inside]
posted by kartguy on Apr 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Do I get the leftover gold when my ring is resized?

When you get a ring resized smaller, where does the "extra" metal go? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Feb 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I go abut learning metalsmithing for jewelry making?

How can I go abut learning jewelry making? Real metalsmithing, not just stringing beads on wires... [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on Feb 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Suggestions for wedding band shopping in San Diego

I'm getting married in San Diego in the middle of February. I will have a short span of time to acquire a wedding band in a city I know nothing about. Do you have an suggestions where I might find a non-jeweled, yellow-gold, vintage, possibly deco-period, wedding band?
posted by Foam Pants on Jan 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me bling myself up in gold

I would like to buy two gold chains, one 20" to wear with a gold locket, and one 10" to wear with a gold swan charm as an ankle bracelet. I could also buy one 30" chain and have it cut in two. I'd like real 14k gold, not plate. I've been looking online, and some of the gold jewelry dealers strike me as sketchy. Has anyone bought gold jewelry successfully online for a reasonable price, and where did you do so?
posted by orange swan on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Film about lost gold treasure, set in New Zealand

Trying to find a movie I saw as a kid on HBO in the 1980's. I believe it was set in New Zealand and involved recovering a plane, carrying gold, that had crashed into a lake. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Jan 2, 2012 - 2 answers

US Treasury Bond, Silver, Gold or What?

I just became an uncle (Yay!) and I want to get my nephew a gift to help him start saving. My first inclination was to get him a US Treasury Bond, but I was wondering: Is buying an equivalent amount in gold or silver a better long term (30 plus years) investment?
posted by cuando on Dec 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Where to get wedding ring transformed into a E?

I no longer have use for my wedding ring :( I would like to transform it's meaning into another symbol. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Dec 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Selling gold?

How can I get the best trade for an American Gold Eagle coin? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Dec 11, 2011 - 7 answers

In USD, would the price of gold fall with the Euro?

If the Euro collapses, will the price of gold in US Dollars fall as people seek to hold a stronger currency?
posted by 5ean on Nov 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Testing gold with a multimeter

Testing gold using a multimeter [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 on Oct 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Hard drives are the new bling? Or are they the old bling now?

Hey, remember when Hitachi said "The Hard Drive is the New Bling" and had that contest giving away a white gold and diamond hard drive charm? [more inside]
posted by curse on Sep 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Divesting old gold in Bklyn, no intimidation wanted.

Need guidance for a friend in Brooklyn who wants to sell some old (personal and family) gold and jewelry. [more inside]
posted by cgk on Sep 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Time to move my .oz of AU

Best place to sell an ounce of gold in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by bhance on Aug 22, 2011 - 11 answers

The girl with the golden shoes.

I seek awesome gold or gold-and-ivory heels for my wedding. I love these babies (as well as these and these) from BHLDN but I'd like to pay around $100 for my pair. [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Aug 17, 2011 - 18 answers

Where to start investing at 45?

My boss is a 45 year old director who has never bothered to invest or start a portfolio. Where should I have him get started? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Aug 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Is coin collecting a rational approach to investing in metals?

Is coin collecting a rational approach to investing in metals? Is coin collecting the funnest way to invest in metals? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Aug 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Can anyone identify this gold ring with an odd design?

This ring turned up at my deceased grandmother's house and no one recognized it. General consensus was that it looked like a man's ring from the 1970s. The band/base appears to be gold and the design appears to be rose gold. Can anyone recognize the design or shed any light on this? Pics: 1 2 3
posted by Slinga on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Goods for Goods? Taxable event?

Capital Gains on Precious Metals exchanged for Goods and Services? I own Platinum, Gold, and Silver physical coins, bars, etc. and know my cost basis for all purchases and have not sold any. Let's say rather than sell them back to a coin dealer or other similar entity, I exchange gold or silver or platinum for a service or good or something other than currency, what are the tax implications? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Jun 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Activities For The Blind

Some fun and unusual activities for the blind or hard of sight, blind golf, Braille chess and Goal ball. Can you help me come up with more ideas?
posted by walee on Jun 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Turning liquid gold into cash

How do I turn a bottle of gold plating liquid into cash? The bottle, marked "AUROBOND" "Gold Content 1 OZ. TROY" was buried in some items I bought at an auction and I think it has gold in it. [more inside]
posted by qsysopr on May 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Gold Standard Minus Federal Reserve

What would the U.S. economy be like right now if it hadn't left the gold standard and the Federal Reserve had not been created? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Apr 19, 2011 - 23 answers

What is this type of earring called?

What is the correct terminology for a hinged endless hoop earring? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Mar 29, 2011 - 6 answers

it's silver and gold

My wedding band is plain and made of yellow gold. My watch is stainless steel. I wear both on my left side. I haven't worn my watch since the wedding because I'm (perhaps unduly) bothered by the clash between the gold ring + silver watch. [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on Feb 22, 2011 - 29 answers

Have gold. Want money.

I have gold jewelry I never, ever wear. I live in Philadelphia. I want to sell it. Where do I do it and how does it work? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Jan 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Whether to sell my coin collection

What should I do with my old coin collection--some silver, some not? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Jan 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Seen an ad with a black midget buying gold?

There's this local ad i've seen several times in chicago, a black midget (dwarf? Little person?) wants to sell her gold, but is going to the wrong place. The Mr. T comes a long, picks her up and takes her to a different gold seller, which is apparently better. The ad ends with her happily counting a large stack of money. Please tell me what this ad is for and where I can watch it at my leisure. I can't find it on youtube or google video. [more inside]
posted by njb on Dec 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Gilt Trip

Are gilt page edges made of real gold, and if so can I get it off the pages and sell it? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 29, 2010 - 12 answers

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