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"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]

A gold Galleon

Gold (chemical symbol: Au) is a dense, soft shiny yellow metal, with a high value as money and is used in jewellery.[1]

History

The most common use for gold in the wizarding world was in the Galleon coin.[2][3] The Charlatan in Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump was given a sack of gold for his services.[4] The legendary Philosopher's Stone could be used to transform base metals into gold,[5][6] implying that gold couldn't 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

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