How soft is pure gold

How soft is gold

  • Sure, a terribly stupid question, but I still care

    It is always said that gold is so soft. But how soft is a coin made of 999 gold really?

    Like the tin of a coke can?
    Can I...
    ... push a knife through the coin?
    ... bend them in your hands without tools?
    ... flatten it with a rolling pin?
    ... scratch something with your fingernail?

    I have already found pictures of a Krugerrand in a vice, but it is made of 916 gold and will therefore be more stable.
  • I once did a bite test on a gold bar. Wasn't a problem, the same with the Krugerrand caused a visit to the dentist.

    It is possible to leave a small imprint on the bar with your fingernail. I refrain from using kitchen knives for understandable reasons.

    You may be lucky and Misan continues his series
  • Simone wrote:

    Can I...
    ... push a knife through the coin? No! Unless your name is Chuck Norris
    ... bend them in your hands without tools? No! Maybe Bruce Lee.
    ... flatten it with a rolling pin? No! At most, Super Mario
    ... scratch something with your fingernail? No! You must be Wolverine by then.