Why are gold coins smaller than silver coins?

Ever wanted to know why gold coins are usually smaller than gold coins? Get up-to-date information and reliable answers to your bullion and precious metals related questions here at ModernCoinMart's Complete Bullion Resource Center.

Gold coins are generally smaller than silver coins because gold is denser than silver. This means that a certain amount of gold, say one ounce, will take up less physical space than the same amount of silver.

To elaborate, the density of gold is approximately 19.3 grams per cubic centimeter, while the density of silver is about 10.5 grams per cubic centimeter.

This is why when you compare a one troy-ounce gold coin and a one troy-ounce silver coin, the gold coin will often appear smaller in size even though they both contain the exact weight of precious metal.

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