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# Which weighs more a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?

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While on the face of it a pound of feathers would seem to weigh the same as a pound of gold, this overlooks the fact that gold is universally weighed using a different definition of 'pound' than that used for most other materials.

Precious metals such as gold are measured in troy weight. A troy pound is 12 troy ounces, and each troy ounce is 480 grains, making a total of 5760 grains to the pound of gold.

Most materials use pounds and ounces from the avoirdupois system, and such a standard pound is made up of 16 ounces, where each ounce is 437.5 grains, making a total of 7000 grains to the pound of feathers.

All this means that a "pound" of feathers (or bricks, or lead) is heavier than a "pound" of gold.

The question is an old gag, based on the fact that gold is measured in troy ounces, but feathers (like all material other than precious metals and gemstones) are measured in avoirdupois ounces. Because troy weight has 12 ounces to a pound, but avoirdupois weight has 16 ounces to a pound, the trick answer is that a pound of feathers (at 16 ounces) is heavier than a pound of gold (at 12 ounces).

Another user said:

A pound of anything weighs the same as a pound of anything else.

However, feathers as weighed using imperial weight, which puts 16 ounces to the pound. Gold is weighed using troy weights (for precious metals) which has 12 ounces to the pound.

So a pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold, since different pounds are spoken of.

Another user said:

A pound of feathers is heavier- because a pound is NOT always a pound. Gold, silver, platinum- and all precious metals are measured in TROY ounces and TROY pounds. A troy pound weighs less than a standard (avoirdupois) pound.

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pound of feathers

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## Related Questions

Neither of the two weigh more...both weigh 1-pound. Granted you'd have way more feathers than gold, a pound of gold and a pound of feathers would weigh the same.

troy ounce is precious metals 12 to a pound apothecary ounce is for drugs avoirdupois ounce is for most anything else 16 to a pound answers: which weighs more a pound of feathers or a pound of gold? a pound of feathers which weighs more an ounce of feathers or an ounce of gold? an ounce of gold

A pound of feathers...a British pound only weighs only 9.5 grams.

1 lb of sugar weighs exactly the same as 1lb of feathers. a pound is a pound is a pound.

"Depends on how much gold and how many feathers you have. " I believe the riddle is usually "which weighs more - a pound of gold or a pound of feather?" The answer is that they weigh the same amount - they are both a pound. However, one cannot answer your question without further details since we clearly do not know how much of each object we have and how heavy it is.

Each weighs a pound so neither weights more than the other..

They are both the same. They both weigh 100lb. However, 100lb of feathers weighs more than 100lb of gold, as feathers are measured on the Avoirdupois scale which has 16 ounces to the pound, and Gold, being a precious metal, is weighed on the Troy scale where there are only 12 ounces to the pound.

One pound of gold weighs the same as one pound of silver.

a pound is a pound is a pound!!!a pound of anything always weighs a pound doesn't matter if it is feathers or bricks!!!

It depends on the type of pound you are referring to. Gold and other precious metals are weighed in Troy Ounces. A Troy pound of gold contains 12 Troy ounces of gold. A Troy Ounce is about 1.1 normal ounces. A pound of gold in the standard measuring system (avoirdupois) will weigh about 13.2 ounces. So, an ounce of gold (troy) weighs more than an ounce of feathers (avoirdupois). But a pound of gold (troy) weighs less than a pound of feathers (avoirdupois).

That depends how many feathers you have. If you have more than a pound offeathers, then they weigh more tha a pound of lead. But if you lose some of yourfeathers and have less than a pound remaining, then they weigh less than a poundof lead.This entire discussion assumes that your feathers and your lead are on the same planet.

A pound is a pound, only the volume would be different.

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