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      Central banks bought 534.6 tonnes of gold in 2012 - the highest level since 1964.
       
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      In 2001, a remarkable feat was achieved when Boston Scientific’s gold-plated stent (the Niroyal) was used for the first time in heart surgery.  The stent is inserted in large arteries and veins to ensure the blood vessels stay open and adequate blood flow is available.
       
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      The purity of gold is measured in carat weight. The term “carat” comes from “carob seed,” which was standard for weighing small quantities in the Middle East. Carats were the fruit of the leguminous carob tree, every single pod of which weighs 1/5 of a gram (200 mg).
       
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      The chemical symbol for gold is AU, from the Latin word aurum meaning “shining dawn” and from Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn.
       
       
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      The Olympic gold medals awarded in 1912 were made entirely from gold. Currently, gold medals are covered in six grams of gold.
       
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      Gold is edible. Some Asian countries put gold in fruit, jelly snacks, coffee, and tea.
       

 

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