Physical Dimensions of Gold
Although we give full specifications of most gold coins on the other pages of this site, we frequently get asked how much space is needed to store various amounts of gold. We do not normally quote the thickness of coins, as this varies depending on where you measure, the edge, the field (the flat parts of the design), or the rim. However as a guide to storage space, we can tell you that a roll of 25 Krugerrands is about 3 inches high, as is a roll of 50 sovereigns. From this it is easy to estimate that about 37,000 sovereigns or 9,000 Krugerrands would occupy about 1 cubic foot of space. These would be worth about £2 million at current prices. A house brick would take up a similar space to 2,500 sovereigns or 600 Krugerrands. You can see from this that gold is a very compact store of wealth.
Volume of Gold
The density of gold is 19.32 grams per cubic centimetre (gm/cc), so a cubic metre would weigh 19.2 tonnes.
One tonne would have a volume of 51,760 cubic centimetres, or a cube 37.27 cms square (approximately 15 inches).
Storing Your Gold
Brief advice about how and where to store your gold.
Johnson Matthey 100 Gram Gold Bar
One Ounce Krugerrand
British Gold Sovereign