# What is worth its weight in gold?

on August 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Here is a list of stuff worth more than its weight in gold, expressed in terms of price per pound:

 Platinum \$20,679 Fifty Dollar Bills \$22,680 Cocaine \$22,680 Hundred Dollar Bills \$45,359 Rhodium \$77,292 Good-quality, one-carat diamonds \$11.4 M LSD \$55 M Antimatter \$26 Quadrillion

Here is the link, with much more information.  Here is a short article on the market for rhodium.  Here is an earlier post on the economics of antimatter.  Thanks to Jen Smith for the pointer

1 a student of economics August 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

How about high quality original software, music, video, books, or inventions, as codified in bits?

\$/lb –> infinity

2 Zamfir August 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Student, the examples do seem to be ‘commodities’ in some sense.

3 albatross August 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Arghh! I swapped “bad” and “good.” Man, this antimatter stuff is tricky.

4 paul August 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm

What about printer ink? I thought that stuff is worth more than its weight in gold.

5 superdestroyer August 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Hospitals purchase anti-matter emitters (positron emitters) at a price of \$1000 a dose. As my old professor used to say, it is left as an exercise for the students to determine the price per lb.

You could also calculate the price or tritium per pound. It probably exceeds rhodium.

6 Peter August 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm

LSD is much cheaper than cocaine if you look at each in terms of individual doses.

7 Anonymous August 28, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Aerogels, surely.

8 Dumb August 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm

What is the price of gold?

9 Chris August 28, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Doesn’t antimatter emit anti-gravitrons? If so, then weighing it is going to be difficult.

10 Walt August 28, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I wonder how much a pound of the International Prototype of the Kilogram, stored at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures is worth.

11 Joe Li August 28, 2008 at 10:04 pm

paul: printer ink costs something like 1.50/oz when bought in quantity; expensive ink is to help amortize (for lack of a better word) over the printer’s use. more expensive (\$800-\$1000+) printers can use the cheap ink.

if we’re including consumer goods, many biochemical reagents cost \$100-200+ per mg, or about 100,000,000 per pound. but nobody ever buys in those kinds of quantities, so it’s a moot point.

12 a person August 29, 2008 at 2:34 am

I wonder, what is the price of the average mature human brain per pound?

13 Zamfir August 29, 2008 at 4:06 am

David Wright, that brings up an interesting question: Does the price per pound of antimatter go up or down if you bring it to relativistic speeds? On the one hand, there will be less of it in a pound. On the other hand, highly energetic antimatter is presumably worth more than slower antimatter

14 josh August 29, 2008 at 9:08 am

I don’t know much physics, but does anti-matter even have weight as opposed to mass?

15 robbL August 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

Or…

a one dollar bill is worth its weight in Iridium
a two dollar bill is worth a bit more than its weight in Gold
a five dollar bill is worth more than its weight in Platinum
a 10 dollar bill is worth a bit less than its weight in Rhodium

16 Mark August 30, 2008 at 3:08 am

Sean (Aug 29, 8:03),

My local supermarket sells Schwartz saffron for the equivalent of about Â£7000 (~\$14000) per kg, so it’s cheaper than the other stuff on the list.

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