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10 Fun Facts About Platinum

Platinum is the rarest and heaviest of the precious metals. All of the Platinum ever mined would fit in the average size living room.
Annually, only about 133 tons of Platinum are mined, compared to about 1,782 tons of Gold.
In contrast with Gold and Silver, there are no large above-ground Platinum Bullion stockpiles to protect against significant supply disruptions.
Ten tons of ore and a five month process is needed to generate one ounce of Platinum Bullion.
More than 90% of all Platinum supplies come from South Africa and Russia. Virtually all of the platinum mined in South Africa is committed to industrial contracts.
Legendary jewelers such as Cartier, Faberge and Tiffany created their timeless designs in Platinum.
The world's famous diamonds, including the Hope, Jonker I and Koh-I-Noor, are secured by Platinum.
When World War II began, the U.S. government declared Platinum a strategic metal and its use in non-military applications, including jewelry, was disallowed.
All Platinum Bullion coins are 99.95% pure and are available in one-ounce and fractional sizes. Investment-grade bars are also available in 10-ounce and smaller sizes from various producers.
As with all precious metals (Gold, Silver, etc.), Platinum can be scratched. However, with Platinum, there is actually no material lost from the scratch as there is with Gold.
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