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Precious metals
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1. Definition

There is no systematic classification of the metals, but many are grouped together on the basis of specific qualities. Among the precious metals, the most important are gold, silver, and the platinum group (ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, rhenium, and platinum). These are the metals that combine with oxygen neither at ordinary nor high temperatures, and do not corrode. Their behavior in combination with acids varies: silver d…

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Slotta, Rainer and Bartels, Christoph, “Precious metals”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018513>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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