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    What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Hello all.

    I found 28 pounds of medical instrument grade liquid mercury in my fathers estate. He was also an amateur gold panner and used it for a lot of what he called "tailings" that he brought home that needed "further processing." He had a special shed setup for this work, and never brought it into the field. I want to find a good, responsible home for it (seeing it can be dangerous to persons and the environment in the hands of idiots) and was wondering what this stuff is worth, and where I can sell it. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Kelly
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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by AnIrishBear
    Hello all.

    I found 28 pounds of medical instrument grade liquid mercury in my fathers estate. He was also an amateur gold panner and used it for a lot of what he called "tailings" that he brought home that needed "further processing." He had a special shed setup for this work, and never brought it into the field. I want to find a good, responsible home for it (seeing it can be dangerous to persons and the environment in the hands of idiots) and was wondering what this stuff is worth, and where I can sell it. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Kelly


    have you poured that into a bowl to take a pic? is that safe

    Who needs Cartwheel Pennies anyway?

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Who needs Cartwheel Pennies anyway?

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    The information you provided was regarding a mercury spill by school children and the actions of idiots. In a spill situation the surface area exposed for evaporation is thousands of times, if not tens of thousands of times higher than a "pool" of the same weight in a container. The picture was taken in my fathers old gold panning processing shed where there was plenty of ventilation and the material was placed back in the flask after the picture was taken. So, yes, in the hands of a competent adult that knows what they are doing it is perfectly "safe." It is used safely in small batches by amateur and semi-pro and professional gold prospectors every day. It is as safe as any dangerous chemical is...even chlorine bleach in the hands of the mentally challenged is MUCH more dangerous than pure liguid mercury ever will be.

    Thanks for the warning, but I do not intend on selling it to children that want to play with shinny stuff. The warning on the danger was posted in the request for the value of it...the original intent of the posting, and that posting was "on topic."

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by AnIrishBear
    The information you provided was regarding a mercury spill by school children and the actions of idiots. In a spill situation the surface area exposed for evaporation is thousands of times, if not tens of thousands of times higher than a "pool" of the same weight in a container. The picture was taken in my fathers old gold panning processing shed where there was plenty of ventilation and the material was placed back in the flask after the picture was taken. So, yes, in the hands of a competent adult that knows what they are doing it is perfectly "safe." It is used safely in small batches by amateur and semi-pro and professional gold prospectors every day. It is as safe as any dangerous chemical is...even chlorine bleach in the hands of the mentally challenged is MUCH more dangerous than pure liguid mercury ever will be.

    Thanks for the warning, but I do not intend on selling it to children that want to play with shinny stuff. The warning on the danger was posted in the request for the value of it...the original intent of the posting, and that posting was "on topic."


    ok, sorry!i didn't mean to imply you were mentally challenged or anything

    Other than it being dangerous and thermometers i don't know much about it
    Out of interest, how is it used in gold panning?

    Who needs Cartwheel Pennies anyway?

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Kelly:
    Since mercury is still used extensively in dentistry, you may wish to contact your dentists and ask him these Qs.
    Don.......

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    It is used by gold "prospectors" and "panners," along with jewelers to recover very small amounts of gold and gold dust. It is also used by those recovering small amounts of gold from gold-plated items and to recover the gold from items that have had "gold leaf" applied. It "amalgamates" gold...it actually disolves gold into itself just like water disolves salt into itself. From what I remember a pound of mercury will "amalgamate" anywhere from 3 to 6 pounds of gold. It is also used in dentistry...it is used in "silver fillings" for cavaties.

    There is a topic on it on this site that may be of interest to you:

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,203206.0.html

    Hope this helps.

    Kelly

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    I remember as a kid breaking the ends of the thermometer open to watch the Mercury splatter all over the floor and trying to pick it up and play with it....

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    The standard unit is a 76 lb. flask. Apparently the market is a bit volatile, but earlier this year the price was around $650-700/flask.

    http://www.metal-pages.com/metalprices/mercury/


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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Shipping via USPS might be a problem. Watch who ya sell it to.

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Just a note here.

    If you do sell mercury, you must give an MSDS - doesn't matter if you are a private party or an individual. (some places don't, but, its a Federal thing, not a state thing - EPA) (for those who don't know: Material Safety Data Sheet - you can print one on line), and they need to certif that they are over 18, and received an MSDS.


    Beth



    PS: I remember playing with mercury in school. We had a heck of a time chasing the "quicksilver". And, who'd a thunk - no one got sick or died.

    Of course, they don't mind it if we have all been carrying around mouthfuls of the stuff in our fillings..
    "Irony is the rule"

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Here you go!

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    Re: 28 pounds is a 1/2 flask ... have same will sell.

    I am curious as to whether you wer able to find a buyer for your presious metal. It is clearly still used and it should have some scrap value. The most dangerous weapon is ignorance.

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Don't want to tell you what to do with this stuff... But don't get caught with it. It is high on the danger list. I have seen a small amount dropped by accident at a estate auction and it ended up costing the family over 75 G's to get it cleaned up. They lithely removed all the dirt in the back yard and sent it to a clean up site in Texas. Little over kill

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    Re: What is 28 pounds of 99.99% pure liquid mercury worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by onfire
    Don't want to tell you what to do with this stuff... But don't get caught with it. It is high on the danger list. I have seen a small amount dropped by accident at a estate auction and it ended up costing the family over 75 G's to get it cleaned up. They lithely removed all the dirt in the back yard and sent it to a clean up site in Texas. Little over kill
    LOL!

    Do you have to tear down you home when you brake a CFL bulb in your home?

 

 
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