A cute urban legend

Platinum has not always been considered to be a precious metal. Moreover, in Russia in the beginning of the 19th century, counterfeiters  used platinum as the core for their “golden roubels”, this because of platinum’s high gravity. When, around 1870, platinum started to be recognized as a precious metal the price of it rose accordingly, it is told that roubels were then cut in half in the hope of finding platinum inside…. Even if it is not true, it still makes a cute story.