2nd October 2019

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Is it possible to make gold from other elements?

Yes, gold can be created from other elements. But the process requires nuclear reactions, and is so expensive that you currently cannot make money by selling the gold that you create from other elements. All regular matter is made out of atoms. Gold is the chemical element with 79 protons in each atomic nucleus.

Regarding this, how did alchemists turn lead into gold?

It transpired that, under true nuclear transmutation, it is far easier to turn gold into lead than the reverse reaction, which was the one the alchemists had ardently pursued. Nuclear experiments have successfully transmuted lead into gold, but the expense far exceeds any gain.
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