Element #47: Silver, Ag

I came across this website with some interesting facts about silver while researching electrodes in glass. Check them out! Here’s one fact:

“United States coinage minted prior to 1965 contained 90% silver. A bag holding $1,000 face value of pre-1965 dimes, quarters and half-dollars contains approximately 715 ounces of silver.”

HOLY WOW!!! I just looked up the current rate for silver, and that’s approximately $30 an ounce. So following the above example, ~715 ounces x ~$30/ounce and the $1000 face value of coin is actually worth $21,450. Wow!

Really, click the above link for some other interesting facts about silver! Also, linked facts are only some of the interesting facts about silver. Try wikipedia and google if you want to learn even more!

Fourth of July

For us Americans, the fourth of July is our Independence Day. I had a great time with my friends in Boston, and watched one of the best fireworks display I’ve seen to date in the rain. Absolutely wonderful. I hope everyone who celebrated had just a grand time as I did.

An interesting and well-known fact is that the United States’ second president, John Adams, and third president, Thomas Jefferson, both died on the fourth of July in 1826 within hours of each. What a coincidence! Or not . . .