When I asked they told me it was 24 Kt. I didn't think jewelry
could be done >higher than 22Kt.because it would be too soft.
Along the same line, could one therefore melt and alloy a
Maple Leaf instead >of buying pure gold grain?

Hi Linda,

As the Maple Leaf is finegold, there is no reason not to replace
grain with it, you could even roll it out and cut it with shears
to alloy parts of an ounce.

I’ve come across jewellery in 22kt quite often, as I do a lot of
repair work, it usually comes from the orient or near east
(Turkey, Arabia, Egypt). There is a manufacturer of chains in
24kt in Germany, I don’t know, however, how they make the
catches. A refiner here sells a 990/- gold (23.76kt) alloyed
with 1% titanium that he says has the same hardness as 18kt gold
when tempered (170HV).

BTW 1kt equals 41.666 thousandths, thus 14kt is 583/- (usually
585 is alloyed, except in Russia), 18kt is 750/-.

regards, Markus

Hi rd and Markus.

Thank you for your on gold coins. No, I’m not going
to melt them. Just having this ongoing discussion with my hubby
about the purity of the coins. It is interesting that a Krugerand
is 22Kt. and a Maple Leaf is 24Kt. That would mean that the
Krugerand is heavier but not pure. I would not use anything that
I haven’t alloyed or that I don’t know exactly what alloy was
used. I use 22 Kt. (and often granules). These are fused so I
wouldn’t want anything but fine silver and copper in my alloy.

Thanks again to all.