What Chemical Compounds Contain Gold?

As we have noted before on this blog, gold has unique properties like malleability. But here’s a surprising one. Even though gold is extremely resistant to tarnish and oxidation, it can still be combined with other chemicals to form compounds. Some, but not all, of those compounds are used in testing procedures and industrial processes.

Today’s post will give you a list of what those compounds are.

How will you know if you have found one of them? It’s difficult, unless you are lucky enough to find a container of them that is clearly marked. But in most cases, finding them could be a lot like finding the proverbial “pig in a poke,” because you won’t know what you have until you send a sample to Specialty Metals for testing. So if you find old unlabeled bottles or drums of chemicals in old businesses where gold was plated onto other metals or used in other processes, be sure to give us a call at 800-426-2344 to speak with one of our expert precious metals consultants.

Shown: the periodic table symbol for Gold, element 79, which is very valuable and can be recycled and refined by Specialty Metals.

And Now for the List of Compound Names and Formulas…

  • Gold(III) Nitrate - Au(NO3)3
  • Gold(III) Phosphate - AuPO4
  • Gold(III) Sulfate - Au2(SO4)3
  • Gold(III) Carbonate - Au2(CO3)3
  • Gold(I) Carbonate - Au2CO3
  • Gold(III) Nitride – AuN
  • Gold(I) Sulfate - Au2SO4
  • Gold(III) Acetate - Au(C2H3O2)3
  • Gold(III) Cyanide - Au(CN)3
  • Gold(III) Chlorate - Au(ClO3)3
  • Gold(III) Oxide - Au2O3
  • Gold(III) Sulfite - Au2(SO3)3
  • Gold(I) Nitride - Au3N
  • Gold(I) Hydroxide – AuOH
  • Gold(III) Chloride - AuCl3
  • Gold(I) Oxide - Au2O
  • Gold(III) Phosphide – AuP
  • Gold(I) Phosphate - Au3PO4
  • Gold(III) Chromate - Au2(CrO4)3
  • Gold(III) Sulfide - Au2S3
  • Gold(III) Hydrogen Carbonate - Au(HCO3)3
  • Gold(I) Phosphide - Au3P
  • Gold(III) Perchlorate - Au(ClO4)3
  • Gold(III) Dihydrogen Phosphate - Au(H2PO4)3
  • Gold(I) Nitrate - AuNO3
  • Gold(III) Hydrogen Sulfate - Au(HSO4)3
  • Gold(III) Phosphite - AuPO3
  • Gold(III) Thiosulfate - Au2(S2O3)3
  • Gold(III) Oxalate - Au2(C2O4)3
  • Gold(II) Sulfate - AuSO4
  • Gold(III) Selenide - Au2Se3

How Do We Test Gold Compounds, Extract the Gold They Contain, and Pay You?

That might sound like a complicated question. But fortunately, there is a very easy answer. Simply call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344. We will explain how to send a sample to us for testing. If your chemicals contain gold that can be profitably recycled, we will explain the process to you and lay out your shipping options. (In many cases, we will pay the cost of shipping materials to us for testing.) Then we will process your chemicals in our state-of-the-art precious metals recycling labs, tell you exactly how much gold they contain, and send you prompt payment.

The process sounds complicated, but it isn’t – if you have Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners on your side.

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