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JoeLS

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  • Metals I am interested in
    Silver
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    Bullion
  • What I am collecting / Investing in
    My interest is in rare metals, particularly the precious metals osmium, ruthenium, and rhenium. I also collect (or have collected) silver and the rare metals indium and gallium.
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    Osmium, ruthenium, and rhenium bullion, plus indium and gallium

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  1. I have several, all slightly (a few grams) over 454 grams. I buy rhenium in powder or pellet form from reputable suppliers, and have it melted under vacuum into ingots by a company in California.
  2. Asking $1800. Will consider trading for silver or gold. because of its extremely high melting point, fused ingots of pure rhenium are difficult to fabricate and therefore uncommon, especially in ingots of the size offered here. You will be amazed at the weight of these ingots the first time you lift one. Rhenium has a specific gravity of 20.5, compared to 19.3 for gold. Rhenium, atomic number 75, shares many properties with the canonical platinum group metals, and sits just to the left of them on the periodic table. Rhenium is rarer than gold, hard, nearly twice as dense as lead, and che
  3. Arc melted 4-6 gram osmium beads displaying the characteristic blue color of osmium metal. Asking 36 USD/gram, or the equivalent in trade. Osmium has an atomic number of 77, and lies below iron and ruthenium in the periodic table, in the platinum group of noble metals. There is general agreement that osmium is the rarest stable element in the earth's crust, considerably rarer than gold and platinum. It is one of only four elements with a melting temperature above 3000°C-- higher than the boiling temperature of iron. It is the densest of all naturally occurring elements, with a specific gr
  4. Asking $33 USD/gram for 4-8 gram beads Ruthenium is among the rarest metals on earth, and also one of the loveliest. Fused ruthenium—ruthenium that has solidified from a molten state—is a rich silver white metal with subtle multicolored highlights. In order to prevent oxidation at high temperature ruthenium typically is melted under vacuum or in an atmosphere of inert gas. We recently discovered that molten ruthenium, if exposed to a small amount of air as it solidifies, develops a beautiful patina, with colors ranging from gold through bronze and magenta to purple, often in the sam
  5. Asking $950 for a 1 troy ounce osmium ingot and $750 for a 1 troy ounce ruthenium ingot. These metals usually are traded as sponge (powder), which for all platinum group metals is a drab dark gray.. In their fused state, however, both metals are gem-like and visually stunning. Osmium ingots show the unique blue color of that metal, particularly in indirect sunlight. Ruthenium is perhaps the most beautiful of the platinum group metals. its ingots are brilliant silver and have a complex luster with hints of pink, green, and gold, depending on the light source. Photos: Top: osmium; bottom: ruth
  6. I'm late to this party, but I have a related problem/question: FedEx will insure precious metals only at a rate of $1000 per package. Are there any 3rd party insurers who will sell me, as an individual and not a business, additional coverage for a single shipment? Specifically, I want to insure a FedEx PM shipment from the US to Canada for $3000. UPS Capital offers single-shipment insurance but only for business to business shipments.
  7. I apologize if this has been discussed before. I can't imagine that it hasn't been, but I can't find it. Does anyone here have experience shipping precious metals from the US to Canada? Canadian postal regulations prohibit shipping "unmanufactured precious metals." Do ingots count as "manufactured?" I can't believe that precious metals are not sent all the time from the US to Canada, but when I look into the regulations it seems to be a tricky business.
  8. This item ships from Lodi, Wisconsin USA Just what the title says. 10 grams of well sintered osmium left over from sputter target manufacture. For when you just want to impress people by owning some of the rarest element on earth without having to spring for an ingot.
  9. This item ships from Lodi, Wisconsin USA At atomic number 44, ruthenium (Ru) is the lightest member of the platinum group metals (PGMs), a group of six chemically similar noble metals that sit together on the periodic table. The other five PGMs are platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, and osmium. Ruthenium lies below iron and above osmium on the periodic table, and has chemical similarities to both. Like all platinum group metals, ruthenium is quite rare, with total worldwide annual production of only about 35 tons, 100 times less than annual gold production. It is used as a catalyst, i
  10. Ships from Lodi, Wisconsin, USA Osmium has an atomic number of 77, and lies below iron and ruthenium in the periodic table, in the platinum group of noble metals. There is general agreement that osmium is the rarest stable element in the earth's crust, rarer than platinum and 1000 times rarer than gold. It is one of only four elements (the others are rhenium, tungsten, and carbon) with a melting temperature above 3000°C-- higher than the boiling temperature of iron. It is the densest of all naturally occurring elements, with a specific gravity of 22.59, twice that of lead. Supply of the m
  11. Osmium metal is almost always traded as a fine powder, a state in which it is prone to oxidation and must be protected from air. The osmium being sold here consists of plates of sintered powder that are much more resistant to oxidation. Sintered powder is a low cost alternative to fused beads and ingots, which are more difficult and expensive to manufacture. For ingots of fused osmium see my other listings. Osmium has an atomic number of 77, and lies below iron and ruthenium in the periodic table, in the platinum group of precious metals. Osmium is generally judged to be the rarest sta
  12. $100 One of the platinum group of precious metals, iridium (Ir) has an atomic number of 77 and lies between osmium and platinum, and below rhodium, on the periodic table. Iridium is one of the rarest all metals, and is produced only in small amounts. It is one of the densest all elements as well, second only to osmium, and nearly twice as dense as lead. Long a chemical curiosity, iridium recently has seen increased use as a catalyst and in precious metal alloys. It is perhaps best known from the worldwide "iridium anomaly" that was one of the first pieces of evidence that a catastrophic a
  13. Osmium is the strangest and rarest of the platinum group metals, and if you look it up online you’ll find a lot of information. Unfortunately much of this information is false. This is partly due to one company (which I won’t name) that is attempting to corner the osmium market, and convince the world that only its osmium (which it is selling for about $48,000/oz) is safe to handle. Below is a list of facts about osmium that have been obscured by intentional or unintentional misinformation: 1.Osmium tetroxide (OsO4) is toxic. Exactly how toxic is uncertain as there have been very few case
  14. The amount of money it would take to get equipment to an asteroid (or to any other destination in interplanetary space), much less mine and process the target element, is so high that interplanetary mining almost certainly will never happen. Right now it costs about $100,000 to put 1lb of payload into low earth orbit (1lb of payload plus 19 lbs of propellant). That is about as cheap as it can get. Mining the moon or an asteroid-- even an asteroid of solid gold--would be vastly more expensive
  15. $1750. I also will consider trades Rhenium, atomic number 75, shares many properties with the canonical platinum group metals, and sits just to the left of them on the periodic table. Rhenium is rarer than gold, hard, nearly twice as dense as lead, and chemically inert under most conditions. It is mostly used to make "super alloys" with nickel, alloys that can retain their strength at high temperature. Blades of jet engine turbines are made from this alloy. Rhenium has the second highest melting point of all metals, 3185°C, which is far above the boiling point of iron. It has two naturall
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