The Gold Tooth Standard: What You Can Buy With a Mouthful of Metal

Gold closed at yet another record high. People are now willing to pay $1852.20 per ounce of the gleaming metal. This means that even tiny amounts of gold are now worth quite a bit. 


This got me thinking. What about gold teeth? I called up gold-buyer GoldFellow and asked their VP of marketing, Janis Rafkin, if she could weigh a gold tooth they'd recently gotten in. She was nice enough to comply and came back with a weight of three grams. Most gold teeth are only about 2/3 gold, so you figure it actually contains two grams of gold. That makes the theoretical value of such a gold bit on the world market $132. (For a lot of reasons, selling a tiny amount of gold will never fetch its world per-ounce price, but go with the hypothetical for a few minutes.)

Your mouth has 32 teeth, so imagine that you sold 32 gold teeth at the current world market price. You're looking at $4,234! Here's what you could buy or pay for with that amount of money. 

The point here is that gold is worth a ridiculous amount of money. You can buy a lot in the real world for the tiny amount of gold contained in artificial teeth. That's one reason the gold buying business has taken off. 
Presented by

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus