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WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

Spotted on Reddit and I thought it was too good not to share. Described as:

Federal reserve Bank, New York, 1959. Photo Ormond Gigli (1925-2019).

We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
--Severian the Lame

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  • CoinCrazyPACoinCrazyPA Posts: 2,899 ✭✭✭✭

    Nice shoes

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a lot of gold.... Would really like to see that in person. Pictures just do not have the same impact as seeing such a thing in real life. Cheers, RickO

  • doubleeagle07doubleeagle07 Posts: 393 ✭✭✭

    Now those are what I call steel toe shoes😋

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  • LukeMarshallLukeMarshall Posts: 1,882 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cool picture, I thought about the shoes also at first glance.

    That’s so you don’t stub your little toe on those bricks of gold.

    It's all about what the people want...

  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Keep in mind that these are likely 400 ounce bars. That's 27.5 pounds--two bowling balls and then some. And because gold is so dense, all that weight comes down in a very tiny space.

    I've never held a gold bar of this size. They're roughly just a little bigger than a 100 ounce silver bar, and those are deceptively heavy. Imagine a 100 ounce silver bar that weighs 3x as much. It's crazy.

    We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
    --Severian the Lame
  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,564 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very cool picture!

  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
    --Severian the Lame
  • rte592rte592 Posts: 1,385 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You would think a job like that would make it mandatory for you to wear high top boots.
    The dude looks like hes got low loafers on.

  • ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,282 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Given that the pic was taken in the 50's I'm surprised there is any safety gear. :)
    If you want to experience the density of a large piece of gold but don't want to spend many thousands of dollars I would suggest buying a chunk of tungsten alloy.
    I bought one of the 2.175" spheres from Midwest Tungsten a few years ago and it is really something else holding a ball of that size that weighs 48 troy ounces.
    Price has gone up significantly since I bought mine, but here is a link
    https://midwesttungsten.com/tungsten-aluminum-sphere-sets/

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,321 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not a bad idea with the cross, safety does work

  • Dug13Dug13 Posts: 223 ✭✭✭

    Looks like there is gold debris on top of each shoe guard.

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  • Interesting how similar the bars are to NY assay silver bars with the hallmark on the top and lot number on the side. Undoubtedly from the same place.

  • rte592rte592 Posts: 1,385 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Dug13 said:
    Looks like there is gold debris on top of each shoe guard.

    That's how he affords that new Porsche payment.

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