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A gold Galleon

"Gold, filthy gold! We cannot live without it, yet I confess I deplore the necessity of consorting with our long-fingered friends."
Travers's views on gold[src]

Gold (chemical symbol: Au) is a dense, soft shiny yellow metal with a high value as money and is used in jewellery.

The most common use for gold in the wizarding world is in the Galleon coin.[1] The Charlatan in Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump was given a sack of gold for his services.[2] The legendary Philosopher's Stone was used for making metals into gold,[3] implying that gold cannot be produced by standard means of transfiguration, hence its value as currency.

Behind the scenes

Unlike copper, silver, or iron, gold does not oxidise and tarnish, hence its long reputation as a supposedly "perfect" substance.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump"
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 13 (Nicolas Flamel)
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