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We here at NumberSleuth are all about exploring the world of numbers, and with this infographic we decided to take a look at the numbers behind the entire amount of gold in the world as well as other facts about gold. Below are a series of questions that we began with and the answers we discovered in our research. We believe that this is the most thorough and in-depth resource with facts about the world's gold on the Internet and we hope you have as much fun reading through the information as we did in putting it all together.

1. How much above-ground gold (gold that has been mined) is there in all the world?

The best estimate at the end of 2011 is that around 165,000 metric tons (or tonnes) have been mined in all of human history. That’s about 181,881 ordinary tons or 363,762,732 pounds, or 5,820,203,717 ordinary ounces. Gold typically is measured in what are known as troy ounces, which are a little bigger than ordinary ounces (a troy ounce is 31.1034768 grams whereas an ordinary ounce is 28.3495231 grams). There are 32.1507466 troy ounces in a kilogram or 32,150.7466 troy ounces in a metric ton.

“More than half of all humanity’s gold has been extracted in the past 50 years. Now the world’s richest deposits are fast being depleted, and new discoveries are rare. Gone are the hundred-mile-long gold reefs in South Africa or cherry-size nuggets in California. Most of the gold left to mine exists as traces buried in remote and fragile corners of the globe. It's an invitation to destruction. But there is no shortage of miners, big and small, who are willing to accept.” [QUOTE SOURCE: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2009/01/gold/larmer-text.]

SOURCES: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2009/01/gold/larmer-texthttp://www.gold.org/about_gold, and http://minerals.usgs.gov.

 

2. How much gold gets mined per year worldwide?

The table below shows world gold production from 1900 thru 2011. Production in 1900 was around 400 metric tons per year and has consistently moved up over the years. It is currently around 2,500 metric tons per year. The all time high was reached in 2001, with 2,600 metric tons of gold production worldwide. The total gold mined from 1900 to the present is just under 141,000 metric tons. Given that humans have mined a total of 165,000 metric tons over the course of history, that leaves just 24,000 metric tons mined before the 20thcentury.

SOURCE: http://goldratefortoday.org/world-gold-production-1900-2010.  

Year
World Production (in metric tons)
Average Price
Total Dollar Value by Year
Troy Ounces per Year
1900
386
$ 18.96
$235,297,168.04
12,410,188.19
1901
395
$18.98
$241,037,362.33
12,699,544.91
1902
451
$18.97
$275,064,748.01
14,499,986.72
1903
496
$18.95
$302,191,297.44
15,946,770.31
1904
526
$18.96
$320,638,109.81
16,911,292.71
1905
575
$18.92
$349,767,972.26
18,486,679.30
1906
608
$18.90
$369,450,659.33
19,547,653.93
1907
623
$18.94
$379,366,592.60
20,029,915.13
1908
668
$18.95
$406,983,440.91
21,476,698.73
1909
687
$18.96
$418,780,192.85
22,087,562.91
1910
689
$18.92
$419,113,274.59
22,151,864.41
1911
699
$18.92
$425,196,195.84
22,473,371.87
1912
705
$18.93
$429,072,611.36
22,666,276.35
1913
694
$18.92
$422,154,735.22
22,312,618.14
1914
663
$18.99
$404,789,795.47
21,315,945.00
1915
704
$18.99
$429,822,045.27
22,634,125.61
1916
685
$18.99
$418,221,734.38
22,023,261.42
1917
631
$18.99
$385,252,429.78
20,287,121.10
1918
578
$18.99
$352,893,667.85
18,583,131.53
1919
550
$19.95
$352,774,067.07
17,682,910.63
1920
507
$20.68
$337,092,861.92
16,300,428.53
1921
498
$20.58
$329,507,857.78
16,011,071.81
1922
481
$20.66
$319,496,758.31
15,464,509.11
1923
554
$21.32
$379,741,470.30
17,811,513.62
1924
592
$20.69
$393,797,776.72
19,033,241.99
1925
591
$20.64
$392,182,523.21
19,001,091.24
1926
602
$20.63
$399,288,481.22
19,354,749.45
1927
597
$20.64
$396,164,071.66
19,193,995.72
1928
603
$20.66
$400,533,358.13
19,386,900.20
1929
609
$20.63
$403,931,370.54
19,579,804.68
1930
648
$20.65
$430,215,570.40
20,833,683.80
1931
695
$17.06
$381,201,757.21
22,344,768.89
1932
754
$20.69
$501,560,006.15
24,241,662.94
1933
793
$26.33
$671,297,622.28
25,495,542.05
1934
841
$34.69
$937,975,205.02
27,038,777.89
1935
924
$34.84
$    1,035,001,978.67
29,707,289.86
1936
1,030
$34.87
$    1,154,729,429.96
33,115,269.00
1937
1,100
$34.79
$    1,230,376,921.64
35,365,821.26
1938
1,170
$34.85
$    1,310,930,617.24
37,616,373.52
1939
1,230
$34.42
$    1,361,153,298.51
39,545,418.32
1940
1,310
$33.85
$    1,425,676,631.86
42,117,478.05
1941
1,080
$33.85
$    1,175,366,994.20
34,722,806.33
1942
1,120
$33.85
$    1,218,899,105.10
36,008,836.19
1943
896
$33.85
$975,119,284.08
28,807,068.95
1944
813
$33.85
$884,790,153.97
26,138,556.99
1945
762
$34.71
$850,355,739.84
24,498,868.91
1946
860
$34.71
$959,719,076.46
27,649,642.08
1947
900
$34.71
$    1,004,357,173.04
28,935,671.94
1948
932
$34.71
$    1,040,067,650.30
29,964,495.83
1949
964
$31.69
$982,178,302.00
30,993,319.72
1950
879
$34.72
$981,204,777.40
28,260,506.26
1951
883
$34.72
$985,669,873.08
28,389,109.25
1952
868
$34.60
$965,576,942.49
27,906,848.05
1953
864
$34.84
$967,794,057.97
27,778,245.06
1954
965
$35.04
$    1,087,132,485.23
31,025,470.47
1955
947
$35.03
$    1,066,549,898.77
30,446,757.03
1956
978
$34.99
$    1,100,205,621.82
31,443,430.17
1957
1,020
$34.95
$    1,146,141,965.54
32,793,761.53
1958
1,050
$35.10
$    1,184,915,765.94
33,758,283.93
1959
1,130
$35.10
$    1,275,195,062.40
36,330,343.66
1960
1,190
$35.27
$    1,349,408,630.77
38,259,388.45
1961
1,230
$35.25
$    1,393,975,995.71
39,545,418.32
1962
1,290
$35.23
$    1,461,145,335.51
41,474,463.11
1963
1,340
$35.09
$    1,511,747,395.58
43,082,000.44
1964
1,390
$35.10
$    1,568,602,775.87
44,689,537.77
1965
1,440
$35.12
$    1,625,953,277.65
46,297,075.10
1966
1,450
$35.13
$    1,637,710,805.68
46,618,582.57
1967
1,420
$34.95
$    1,595,609,403.01
45,654,060.17
1968
1,440
$39.31
$    1,819,938,022.34
46,297,075.10
1969
1,450
$41.28
$    1,924,415,088.49
46,618,582.57
1970
1,480
$36.02
$    1,713,943,440.95
47,583,104.97
1971
1,450
$40.62
$    1,893,646,823.99
46,618,582.57
1972
1,390
$58.42
$    2,610,762,796.76
44,689,537.77
1973
1,350
$97.39
$    4,227,067,635.35
43,403,507.91
1974
1,250
$      154.00
$    6,189,018,720.50
40,188,433.25
1975
1,200
$      160.86
$    6,206,122,917.69
38,580,895.92
1976
1,210
$      124.74
$    4,852,685,798.37
38,902,403.39
1977
1,210
$      147.84
$    5,751,331,316.59
38,902,403.39
1978
1,210
$      193.40
$    7,523,724,814.85
38,902,403.39
1979
1,210
$      306.00
$  11,904,135,436.12
38,902,403.39
1980
1,220
$      615.00
$  24,122,705,173.98
39,223,910.85
1981
1,280
$      460.00
$  18,930,359,598.08
41,152,955.65
1982
1,340
$      376.00
$  16,198,832,166.94
43,082,000.44
1983
1,400
$      424.00
$  19,084,683,181.76
45,011,045.24
1984
1,460
$      361.00
$  16,945,372,503.00
46,940,090.04
1985
1,530
$      317.00
$  15,593,433,608.47
49,190,642.30
1986
1,610
$      368.00
$  19,048,674,345.57
51,762,702.03
1987
1,660
$      447.00
$  23,856,496,992.13
53,370,239.36
1988
1,870
$      437.00
$  26,273,268,614.05
60,121,896.14
1989
2,010
$      381.00
$  24,621,363,253.75
64,623,000.67
1990
2,180
$      383.51
$  26,879,689,566.27
70,088,627.59
1991
2,160
$      362.11
$  25,146,950,798.86
69,445,612.66
1992
2,260
$      343.82
$  24,982,197,512.99
72,660,687.32
1993
2,280
$      359.77
$  26,372,472,957.76
73,303,702.25
1994
2,260
$      384.00
$  27,901,703,929.34
72,660,687.32
1995
2,230
$      383.79
$  27,516,271,133.88
71,696,164.92
1996
2,290
$      387.81
$  28,552,592,579.19
73,625,209.71
1997
2,450
$      331.02
$  26,074,223,341.85
78,769,329.17
1998
2,500
$      294.24
$  23,650,089,198.96
80,376,866.50
1999
2,570
$      278.98
$  23,051,397,286.22
82,627,418.76
2000
2,590
$      279.11
$  23,241,610,748.33
83,270,433.69
2001
2,600
$      271.04
$  22,656,759,732.01
83,591,941.16
2002
2,550
$      309.73
$  25,393,029,398.27
81,984,403.83
2003
2,540
$      363.38
$  29,674,663,280.75
81,662,896.36
2004
2,420
$      409.72
$  31,878,185,430.62
77,804,806.77
2005
2,470
$      444.74
$  35,317,845,915.92
79,412,344.10
2006
2,370
$      603.46
$  45,982,004,217.47
76,197,269.44
2007
2,360
$      695.39
$  52,763,246,120.49
75,875,761.98
2008
2,290
$      871.96
$  64,198,237,862.22
73,625,209.71
2009
2,450
$      972.35
$  76,591,357,218.45
78,769,329.17
2010
2,500
$  1,224.53
$  98,423,884,335.25
80,376,866.50
2011
2,500*
$1,560.85**
$        125,456,232,076.53
80,376,866.50
 

*Estimated value for 2011.

**Cumulative average thru November 22, 2011, http://www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx.

SOURCE: This table thru 2009 appears here: http://minerals.usgs.gov/ds/2005/140/gold.pdf.

 

3. But didn’t the Spanish get lots and lots of gold from the New World, especially from the Aztecs and Incas?

In fact, the Spanish got much more silver than gold from the New World. In the 16th century, when production was in full swing, the Spanish only got 154 metric tons of gold, whereas they got 7440 metric tons of silver. Gold production in the new world for the entire the 16thcentury was thus less than half of what it was worldwide in 1900. Here is a comparison, decade by decade, of Spanish gold and silver production in the New World in the 16th century:

Year value in millions of pesos gold (in metric tons) silver (in metric tons)
1503-1510 1.18 5 0
1511-1520 2.18 9.2 0
1521-1530 1.17 4.9 0
1531-1540 5.58 14.5 86
1541-1550 10.46 25 178
1551-1560 17.86 42.6 303
1561-1570 25.34 11.5 943
1571-1580 29.15 9.4 1119
1581-1590 53.2 12.1 2103
1591-1600 69.6 19.5 2708
 

SOURCE: http://mygeologypage.ucdavis.edu/cowen/~GEL115/115ch8.html

 

4. How much gold, really, is 165,000 metric tons (the total mined throughout human history) and 2,500 metric tons (the total that’s currently mined annually)?

An Olympic swimming pool is 50 by 25 by 2 meters. It therefore contains 2,500 cubic meters of water. Each cubic meter of water is one metric ton. Gold is 19.3 times as dense as water. Therefore an Olympic swimming pool would contain 48,250 metric tons of gold. It follows that 3.42 Olympic-sized swimming pools could contain all the gold that’s ever been mined. Another way to imagine this is to think of all the gold in the world ever mined as a single cube. That would be a cube with each side just over 20 meters, or 67 feet, in length. Given that about 2,500 metric tons of gold is mined each year, this annual production of gold would fit in a cube whose sides were 5 meters, or 16.6 feet, in length. All the production of gold in the world for a given year would thus fit in a 20 by 30 foot room with an 8 foot ceiling.

 

5. Given 165,000 metric tons as an upper bound on available gold, how much does that leave to each human on the planet?

Humanity has just hit the 7 billion mark. That leaves just under 24 grams of gold to each person on planet earth, or .76 troy ounces or .83 ordinary ounces per person. In an ordinary male gold wedding band at 18-karat purity, there are about 5 grams of pure gold. That means every person on planet earth could own about 5 gold rings. At the current price of $1,750.00 per troy ounce of gold, that leaves $1,326.00 in gold for each person on planet earth. “Gold production has increased by a factor of 2.1 from 1959 to 2010. At the same time, the world population has been multiplied by a factor 2.2. Thus we produced more or less the same amount of gold per inhabitant as in 1959.” [QUOTE SOURCE: http://news.goldseek.com/Dani/1309290922.php)

 

6. How does the gold that’s mined get used?

52 percent gets used for jewelry, 18 percent constitute official holdings (as in central banks of nations), 16 percent take the form of investments, 12 percent find industrial uses, leaving 2 percent unaccounted for.

SOURCE: http://dollardaze.org/blog/?post_id=00479&cat_id=20

 

7. Which nations consume the most gold?

Since jewelry is the most common use of gold, gold consumption worldwide is most easily gauged by gold jewelry consumption. India is in this respect far and away the biggest consumer of gold. Here are the data for 2009 and 2010 of gold jewelry consumption by country in metric tons:

Country 2010 2009 % Change
India 745.7 442.37 69
Greater China 428 376.96 14
United States 128.61 150.28 -14
Turkey 74.07 75.16 -1
Saudi Arabia 72.95 77.75 -6
Russia 67.5 60.12 12
United Arab Emirates 63.37 67.6 -6
Egypt 53.43 56.68 -6
Indonesia 32.75 41 -20
United Kingdom 27.35 31.75 -14
Other Gulf Countries 21.97 24.1 -10
Japan 18.5 21.85 -15
South Korea 15.87 18.83 -16
Vietnam 14.36 15.08 -5
Thailand 6.28 7.33 -14
Total 1805.6 1508.7 20
Other Countries 254 251.6 1
World Total 2059.6 1760.3 17
 

SOURCE: See “Full Year 2010 Gold Demand Trends Report” available at http://www.gold.org/media/press_releases/archive/2011/02/global_gold_demand_in_2010_reached_a_10_year_high_in_tonnage_and_all_time_high_in_value/ as well as http://www.forexyard.com/en/news/Gold-jewellery-consumption-by-country-2011-02-28T130619Z-FACTBOX.

 

8. Where does the world’s gold get produced?

Here is the breakdown of 100 top gold-producing nations in the world for 2009. China sits at the top, with the United States the runner up:

  2009 Production by Country 2009 (in kilograms)
1 China 320,000
2 United States 223,000
3 Australia 222,000
4 South Africa 197,698
5 Russian Federation 190,693
6 Peru 182,391
7 Indonesia 130,000
8 Canada 97,367
9 Uzbekistan 90,000
10 Ghana 86,000
11 Papua New Guinea 66,000
12 Brazil 60,000
13 Mexico 51,393
14 Colombia 47,837
15 Argentina 47,000
16 Mali 42,000
17 Chile 40,834
18 Tanzania, United Republic Of 40,000
19 Philippines 37,047
20 Kazakhstan 22,000
21 Guinea 18,083
22 Kyrgyzstan 16,950
23 Burkina Faso 13,500
24 New Zealand 13,442
25 Suriname 12,193
26 Turkey 12,000
27 Venezuela 10,500
28 Mongolia 9,803
29 Guatemala 8,485
30 Guyana 8,183
31 Mauritania 8,000
32 Japan 7,000
33 Finland 7,000
34 Bolivia 7,000
35 Côte D'ivoire 6,573
36 Senegal 5,600
37 Saudi Arabia 5,500
38 Sweden 5,000
39 Lao People's Democratic Republic 5,000
40 Zimbabwe 4,200
41 Bulgaria 4,200
42 Spain 3,450
43 Nicaragua 3,400
44 Ethiopia 3,400
45 Viet Nam 3,000
46 Thailand 3,000
47 India 2,800
48 Malaysia 2,794
49 Uruguay 2,180
50 Honduras 2,127
51 Ecuador 2,092
52 Namibia 2,022
53 Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The 2,000
54 Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of 2,000
55 French Guiana 2,000
56 Niger 2,000
57 Georgia 2,000
58 Botswana 2,000
59 Sudan 1,922
60 Cameroon 1,600
61 Uganda 1,600
62 Zambia 1,500
63 France 1,500
64 Tajikistan 1,361
65 Morocco 1,200
66 Denmark 1,117
67 Fiji 1,040
68 Algeria 1,010
69 Armenia 944
70 Poland 814
71 Panama 800
72 Burundi 750
73 Liberia 600
74 Mozambique 511
75 Serbia 500
76 Costa Rica 500
77 Greece 500
78 Italy 450
79 Iran, Islamic Republic Of 400
80 Romania 400
81 Azerbaijan 353
82 Gabon 300
83 Kenya 300
84 Nigeria 200
85 Sierra Leone 200
86 Equatorial Guinea 200
87 Slovakia 200
88 United Kingdom 185
89 Korea, Republic Of 175
90 Dominican Republic 173
91 Myanmar 100
92 Chad 100
93 Congo 100
94 Madagascar 70
95 Eritrea 30
96 Oman 28
97 Rwanda 20
98 Benin 20
99 Central African Republic 10
100 Belize 5
 

SOURCES: http://www.indexmundi.com/minerals/?product=gold&graph=production and http://www.indexmundi.com/en/commodities/minerals/gold/gold_t8.html. See also http://www.dani2989.com/gold/goldproduction2011gb.html.

 

9. What’s happening with gold prices?

The trend since 1900 has been rising gold prices with occasional sharp volatility. See the table in question 2 for the history of gold prices from 1900 to the present. Here is a graph of gold prices over the last fifty years, which includes also gold prices adjusted for inflation:

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SOURCES: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gold_price_in_USD.png and http://minerals.usgs.gov/ds/2005/140/gold.pdf.

Here’s what’s happened with gold prices in the last decade:

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SOURCE: http://www.kitco.com.

Here’s what’s happened with gold in the last year (2011):

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SOURCE: http://www.kitco.com.

 

10. Who’s got the gold that’s used for monetary and investment purposes and how much of this type of gold is out there?

In 2011, about 2,100 metric tons of gold appeared in what are known as exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The lion’s share was in one fund: 1,240 metric tons in SPDR Gold Shares (http://www.spdrgoldshares.com). As of 2009, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held 3,217 metric tons of gold. In 2010, the central banks of nations held a total of 28,398 metric tons of gold. Here is the breakdown:

  Gold Reserves in Central Banks metric tons % of forex reserves value @ $1750 per troy oz.
1 United States USA                                       8,133.50 74.70% $457,621,670,574.43
2 Germany                                       3,401.00 71.70% $191,353,206,076.55
3 Italy                                       2,451.80 71.40% $137,947,600,899.29
4 France                                       2,435.40 66.10% $137,024,874,471.87
5 China                                       1,054.10 1.70% $59,307,678,484.36
6 Switzerland                                       1,040.10 16.40% $58,519,985,192.66
7 Qatar                                          950.30 7.10% $53,467,495,364.47
8 Russia                                          775.20 6.70% $43,615,702,837.56
9 Japan                                          765.20 3.00% $43,053,064,772.06
10 Netherlands                                          615.50 59.40% $34,630,372,931.53
11 India                                          614.80 8.10% $34,590,988,266.94
12 Republic of China (Taiwan)                                          466.90 4.60% $26,269,571,278.20
13 Portugal                                          421.60 81.10% $23,720,820,841.48
14 Venezuela                                          401.10 52.40% $22,567,412,807.21
15 Saudi Arabia                                          322.90 3.00% $18,167,583,135.00
16 Iran -- Islamic Republic of Iran                                          320.00 0.00% $18,004,418,096.00
17 United Kingdom                                          310.30 16.80% $17,458,659,172.47
18 Lebanon                                          300.00 27.60% $16,879,141,965.00
19 Spain                                          281.60 38.60% $15,843,887,924.48
20 Austria                                          280.00 56.20% $15,753,865,834.00
21 Belgium                                          227.50 36.80% $12,800,015,990.13
22 Pakistan                                          184.40 19.20% $10,375,045,927.82
23 Philippines                                          175.90 14.00% $9,896,803,572.15
24 Algeria                                          173.60 4.50% $9,767,396,817.08
25 Libya                                          143.80 5.60% $8,090,735,381.89
26 Singapore                                          127.40 2.50% $7,168,008,954.47
27 Sweden                                          125.70 11.10% $7,072,360,483.34
28 South Africa                                          124.90 12.20% $7,027,349,438.10
29 Turkey                                          116.10 6.00% $6,532,227,940.46
30 Greece                                          111.70 78.70% $6,284,667,191.64
31 Romania                                          103.70 9.10% $5,834,556,739.24
32 Poland                                          102.90 4.50% $5,789,545,694.00
33 Mexico                                          100.10 3.80% $5,632,007,035.66
34 Thailand                                             99.50 2.50% $5,598,248,751.73
35 Australia                                             79.90 8.10% $4,495,478,143.35
36 Kuwait                                             79.00 13.50% $4,444,840,717.45
37 Egypt                                             75.60 8.70% $4,253,543,775.18
38 Indonesia                                             73.10 3.60% $4,112,884,258.81
39 Kazakhstan                                             67.30 10.00% $3,786,554,180.82
40 Denmark                                             66.50 3.30% $3,741,543,135.58
41 Argentina                                             54.70 4.50% $3,077,630,218.29
42 Finland                                             49.10 20.60% $2,762,552,901.61
43 Bulgaria                                             39.90 9.90% $2,244,925,881.35
44 Malaysia                                             36.40 1.50% $2,048,002,558.42
45 Peru                                             34.70 3.60% $1,952,354,087.29
46 Belarus                                             32.00 24.50% $1,800,441,809.60
47 Brazil                                             33.60 0.50% $1,890,463,900.08
48 Slovakia                                             31.80 65.40% $1,789,189,048.29
49 Bolivia                                             28.30 13.40% $1,592,265,725.37
50 Ukraine                                             27.20 3.50% $1,530,375,538.16
51 Ecuador                                             26.30 31.00% $1,479,738,112.27
52 Syria                                             25.80 0.00% $1,451,606,208.99
53 Morocco                                             22.00 4.20% $1,237,803,744.10
54 Nigeria                                             21.40 0.00% $1,204,045,460.17
55 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka                                             17.50 11.90% $984,616,614.63
56 South Korea South Korea                                             14.40 0.20% $810,198,814.32
57 Cyprus                                             13.90 50.80% $782,066,911.05
58 Bangladesh                                             13.50 5.20% $759,561,388.43
59 Serbia                                             13.10 4.20% $737,055,865.81
60 Netherlands Antilles                                             13.10 36.30% $737,055,865.81
61 Jordan                                             12.80 4.30% $720,176,723.84
62 Czech Republic                                             12.70 1.20% $714,550,343.19
63 Cambodia                                             12.40 14.40% $697,671,201.22
64 Laos                                               8.80 36.50% $495,121,497.64
65 Latvia                                               7.70 4.00% $433,231,310.44
66 El Salvador                                               7.30 10.60% $410,725,787.82
67 Guatemala                                               6.90 5.30% $388,220,265.20
68 Colombia                                               6.90 1.10% $388,220,265.20
69 Republic of Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia                                               6.80 12.70% $382,593,884.54
70 Tunisia                                               6.80 0.00% $382,593,884.54
71 Ireland                                               6.00 11.80% $337,582,839.30
72 Lithuania                                               5.80 3.80% $326,330,077.99
73 Bahrain                                               4.70 0.00% $264,439,890.79
74 Mauritius                                               3.90 6.80% $219,428,845.55
75 Canada                                               3.40 0.20% $191,296,942.27
76 Tajikistan                                               3.30 0.00% $185,670,561.62
77 Slovenia                                               3.20 13.40% $180,044,180.96
78 Aruba                                               3.10 17.70% $174,417,800.31
79 Hungary                                               3.10 0.30% $174,417,800.31
80 Kyrgyzstan                                               2.60 6.50% $146,285,897.03
81 Luxembourg                                               2.20 11.70% $123,780,374.41
82 Hong Kong                                               2.10 0.00% $118,153,993.76
83 Suriname                                               2.00 11.40% $112,527,613.10
84 Iceland                                               2.00 1.60% $112,527,613.10
85 Papua New Guinea                                               2.00 2.90% $112,527,613.10
86 Trinidad and Tobago                                               1.90 0.80% $106,901,232.45
87 Albania                                               1.60 2.80% $90,022,090.48
88 Yemen                                               1.60 1.10% $90,022,090.48
89 Cameroon                                               0.90 1.20% $50,637,425.90
90 Mongolia                                               0.90 2.40% $50,637,425.90
91 Honduras                                               0.70 0.00% $39,384,664.59
92 Paraguay                                               0.70 0.70% $39,384,664.59
93 Dominican Republic                                               0.60 1.00% $33,758,283.93
94 Gabon                                               0.40 0.80% $22,505,522.62
95 Malawi                                               0.40 6.20% $22,505,522.62
96 Central African Republic                                               0.30 8.40% $16,879,141.97
97 Chad                                               0.30 2.40% $16,879,141.97
98 Republic of the Congo                                               0.30 0.40% $16,879,141.97
99 Uruguay                                               0.30 0.10% $16,879,141.97
100 Fiji                                               0.20 0.00% $11,252,761.31
 

SOURCES: http://www.gold.org/investment/statistics/reserve_asset_statistics and http://af.reuters.com/article/southAfricaNews/idAFLDE7551YW20110606.  

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ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

http://money.howstuffworks.com/question213.htm [neat article on the world’s gold, titled “All the Gold in the World,” provides some background for this infographic]

http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2010/11/19/how-many-olympic-sized-swimming-pools-can-we-fill-with-billionaire-gold [describes how world’s gold fills 3.27 Olympic-sized swimming pools with gold, at 157,000 metric tons of above-ground gold in 2007 – these numbers have since increased, as reflected above]

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