SS: now we all know we need to be careful about our gold . below is a tungsten filled 10 oz bar of gold .. if my math is right it would be worth 17k – 18k if it was pure gold .. i wonder who he bought his gold from ?? did he buy it on ebay ?? now everyone will have to drill holes into their gold to make sure have real gold and not some fakelands tungsten filled bar of gold. this tungsten only works with gold. silver does not stick to a magnet and silver eagles has a very distinct sound so if it sticks to a magnet then is something else.

How A Manhattan Jeweler Wound Up With Gold Bars Filled With Tungsten Sep. 19, 2012 Fadl says he bought the counterfeit from a Russian merchant who’d bought from him previously. He did not provide the merchant’s name and said the man had already returned to his home country.

Counterfeit Aussie gold sold in China October 22, 2012 An Australian mint has called in the Federal Police after being shown evidence by Seven News that its gold bars are being counterfeited. The investigation uncovered Chinese ‘forgery factories’ that will churn out fake bullion and even Australian coins, for a fraction of their face value. What should be valued at $510,000, is actually counterfeited gold bars that Seven News paid $300 for (300 pieces at $1 each).

Tungsten /ˈtʌŋstən/, also known as wolfram /ˈwʊlfrəm/ (WUUL-frəm), is a chemical element with the chemical symbol W and atomic number 74. The word tungsten comes from the Swedish language tung sten directly translatable to heavy stone,[3] though the name is volfram in Swedish to distinguish it from Scheelite, in Swedish alternatively named tungsten.

A hard, rare metal under standard conditions when uncombined, tungsten is found naturally on Earth only in chemical compounds. It was identified as a new element in 1781, and first isolated as a metal in 1783. Its important ores include wolframite and scheelite. The free element is remarkable for its robustness, especially the fact that it has the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements after carbon. Also remarkable is its high density of 19.3 times that of water, comparable to that of uranium and gold, and much higher (about 1.7 times) than that of lead.[4] Tungsten with minor amounts of impurities is often brittle[5] and hard, making it difficult to work. However, very pure tungsten, though still hard, is more ductile, and can be cut with a hard-steel hacksaw.[6]

Refined gold is poured into moulds to be made into gold bars at South Africa’s Rand Refinery in a file photo. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Gold bars are displayed at South Africa’s Rand Refinery in Germiston May 30, 2006. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Gold Bullion from the American Precious Metals Exchange (APMEX) is seen in New York, September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Secret Service investigating crime possibly part of international counterfeit ring