Prices of elements and their compounds

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This table lists the elements by their name and gives some historical prices for them and their commonly traded compounds. The first of the two price columns shows the price in US dollars per kg of the compound specified. The second shows the USD price per kg of element in the compound. Dates on prices facilitate forex conversion.

Elements of only short half-lives are unlikely to be traded on a secondary market outside of nuclear lab production, and were therefore excluded from the main table. The current cutoff excludes elements with atomic number greater than 105. They have no isotope with a half-life greater than 1.5 hours and are listed separately later.

Element[1] Compound
Name, Symbol, Number Compound/form/isotope Conditions of price Price ($/kg)

By compound
weight

Price ($/kg)

By element
weight

Date Ref.
Actinium Ac 89
225Ac 99% pure [1] $1203/mCi with permit $100> [2] Fiscal year 2003 [2] [3]
Aluminium Al 13
P1020A (=>99.7% Al) LME official cash ask 1.309 up to 1.313 Jan. 27, 2009 fixing [4]
Americium Am 95
241AmO2 powder >99%[5] gram units in steel cont. $728,000 (oxide?) Sept. 1998 [6]
243AmO2 powder >99.9% mg units, NRC Form 741 $180,250,000 (ox.?) Sept. 1998 [7]
Antimony Sb 51
=>99.65% pure CIF US port 5.67-6.24 Jan. 25, 2009 [8]
=>99.65% pure Free on board China 4.10-4.30 Jan. 28, 2009 [9]
Argon Ar 18
-
Arsenic As 33
min 99% pure 1.433 Jul. 08, 2010 [10]
Astatine At 85
-
Barium Ba 56
Barium chromate 99% 100 July 11, 2010 [11]
Berkelium Bk 97
-
Beryllium Be 4
- $7480 [12]
Bismuth Bi 83
min 99.99% pure 18.7 Jul. 08, 2010 [13]
Boron B 5
- $11140 [14]
Bromine Br 35
- $50 [15]
Cadmium Cd 48
min 99.95% pure 4.19 Jul. 08, 2010 [16]
Caesium Cs 55
- $11000 [17]
Calcium Ca 20
- $200 [18]
Californium Cf 98
-
Carbon C 6
- $24 [19]
Cerium Ce 58
Cerium(IV) oxide (CeO2), 99% Free On Board China 1.92-3.64 1.56-2.96 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [20]
Chlorine Cl 17
- $1.50 [21]
Chromium Cr 24
99.9%, Electrolytic Vac Melt Grade FOB North America 9.59 9.59 2005-10-31 [22]
Cobalt Co 27
min 99.8& pure Aerospace application ~46 Jul. 08, 2010 [23]
Copper Cu 29
Commodity copper LME Cash off. fix. bid 5.225-8.284 5.225-8.284 2007-10-18-2007-10-18 [24]
Curium Cm 96
-
Dubnium Db 105
-
Dysprosium Dy 66
Dysprosium(III) oxide (Dy2O3), 99% Free On Board China 85.50-91.5 66.00-70.64 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [25]
Einsteinium Es 99
-
Erbium Er 68
- $5400 [3]
Europium Eu 63
Europium oxide, 99% Free On Board China 255-369.6 - Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [26]
Fermium Fm 100
-
Fluorine F 9
- $1900 [27]
Francium Fr 87
-
Gadolinium Gd 64
min 99% pure FOB China 19.5 July 8, 2010 [28]
Gallium Ga 31
min 99.99% pure CIF Main Airport ~525 July 8, 2010 [29]
Germanium Ge 32
min 99.99% pure CIF Main Airport ~940 July 8, 2010 [30]
Gold Au 79
Gold coin 53000 Feb 03, 2013 [31]
Hafnium Hf 72
pure $1200 [32]
Helium He 2
- $52 [33]
Holmium Ho 67
- $8600 [4]
Hydrogen H 1
Gas 99.99+% in bulk at plant, pre-tax 0.7-4.1 0.7-4.1 2004 [34]
Liquid 99.99+% in bulk at plant, pre-tax 2-7 2-7 2004 [35]
Indium In 49
min 99.99% ~590 July 8, 2010 [36]
Iodine I 53
- $83 [37]
Iridium Ir 77
- $42000 [38]
Iron Fe 26
- $72 [39]
Krypton Kr 36
-
Lanthanum La 57
Lanthanum oxide (La2O3), 99% Free On Board China 2.31-3.86 1.72-2.87 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [40]
Lawrencium Lr 103
-
Lead Pb 82
Commodity lead LME Cash off. fix. bid 1.514-3.975 1.514-3.975 2007-01-01-2007-10-18 [41]
Lithium Li 3
pure $270 [42]
Lutetium Lu 71
pure $2400 $340000 (?) 2003 [5] [43]
Magnesium Mg 12
min 99.9% pure ~5.8 July 8, 2010 [44]
Manganese Mn 25
99.7% min FOB China 1.5 1.5 2005-11-25 [45]
Mendelevium Md 101
-
Mercury Hg 80
99.99%  ? 17.4 17.4 2005-10-25 [46]
Molybdenum Mo 42
Molybdenum oxide Mo 57% ~30 July 8, 2010 [47]
Neodymium Nd 60
Neodymium oxide (Nd2O3), 99% Free On Board China 24.18-37.19 18.14-27.89 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [48]
Neon Ne 10
pure $330 [49]
Neptunium Np 93
-
Nickel Ni 28
Commodity nickel LME Cash off. fix. bid 25.050-54.050 25.050-54.050 2007-01-01-2007-10-18 [50]
Niobium Nb 41
pure $180 [51]
Nitrogen N 7
99.999%UHP 311scf cyl. at U of Florida 3.04 3.04 Sept. 1, 2006 [52] [53]
99.999%UHP 249scf cyl. at U of Arizona 5.61 5.61 Sept. 1, 2008 [54]
99.9995% Liquid Nitrogen own still [55] 0.074 0.074 Oct. 2008 YTD avg. [56]
Nobelium No 102
-
Osmium Os 76
pure $77000 [57]
Oxygen O 8
pure $3 [58]
Palladium Pd 46
pure $58330 [59]
Phosphorus P 15
pure $300 [60]
Platinum Pt 78
Platinum 99.95% ~54000 Feb 03, 2013 [61]
Plutonium Pu 94
pure Plutonium is not generally legal to own.[6] $4,000,000 [62]
Polonium Po 84
-
Potassium K 19
pure $1000 [63]
Praseodymium Pr 59
Praseodymium oxide (Pr2O3), 99% Free On Board China 22.60-36.25 16.86-27.04 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [64]
Promethium Pm 61
-
Protactinium Pa 91
- $280,000 [65]
Radium Ra 88
-
Radon Rn 86
-
Rhenium Re 75
pellets min 99.9% ~5,000 July 8, 2010 [66]
Rhodium Rh 45
min 99.9% pure ~80,000 July 8, 2010 [67]
Rubidium Rb 37
pure $12000 [68]
Ruthenium Ru 44
pure $14000 [69]
Rutherfordium Rf 104
-
Samarium Sm 62
Samarium oxide (Sm2O3), 99% 2.40-4.27 1.82-3.23 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [70]
Scandium Sc 21
pure $14,000 [71]
Selenium Se 34
min 99.5% pure ~85 July 8, 2010 [72]
Silicon Si 14
min 98.5% (5-5-3) FOB P.R.C. China 2.25-2.50 July 8, 2010 [73]
Silver Ag 47
Silver bullion $660 Jun 06, 2017 [74]
Sodium Na 11
pure $250 [75]
Strontium Sr 38
pure $1000 [76]
Sulfur S 16
pure $500 [77]
Tantalum Ta 73
Tantalite basis 30% Ta205 ~150 July 8, 2010 [78]
Technetium Tc 43
-
Tellurium Te 52
pure $240 [79]
Terbium Tb 65
Tb metal 99% min FOB China 650 July 8, 2010 [80]
Terbium oxide 571-609.3 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [81]
Thallium Tl 81
pure $480 [82]
Thorium Th 90
-
Thulium Tm 69
- $70000 [7]
Tin Sn 50
Commodity tin LME Cash off. fix. bid 9.625-16.675 9.625-16.675 2007-01-01-2007-10-18 [83]
Titanium Ti 22
Ti sponge TG100 12x25mm Long term contract 8 July 08, 2010 [84]
Tungsten W 74
Ammonium paratungstate FOB P.R.C. China 0.24 24 July 8, 2010 [85]
Uranium U 92
Yellowcake (0.7% 235U)
Depleted (0.2-0.4% 235U)
Vanadium V 23
Vanadium pentoxide 98% min 14.33 July 8, 2010 [86]
Xenon Xe 54
pure $1200 [87]
Ytterbium Yb 70
pure $14,000 [88]
Yttrium Y 39
min 99.9% pure FOB China 45 July 8, 2010 [89]
Zinc Zn 30
Commodity zinc LME Cash off. fix. bid 2.699-4.474 2.699-4.474 2007-01-01-2007-10-18 [90]
Zirconium Zr 40
pure $1570 [91]

These elements above 105 were excluded from the above table:

Highly unstable elements
Name Symbol No.
Bohrium Bh 107
Copernicium Cn 112
Darmstadtium Ds 110
Flerovium Fl 114
Hassium Hs 108
Livermorium Lv 116
Meitnerium Mt 109
Moscovium Mc 115
Nihonium Nh 113
Oganesson Og 118
Roentgenium Rg 111
Seaborgium Sg 106
Tennessine Ts 117

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Names taken from Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry - IUPAC Recommendations 2005, Table I
  2. ^ mCi/kg = [Avogadro's number]/[atomic weight]*(1-10^(log(.5)/[half-life in seconds]))/37000
  3. ^ http://www.chemicool.com/elements/erbium.html
  4. ^ http://www.chemicool.com/elements/holmium.html
  5. ^ Stephen B. Castor and James B. Hedrick. "Rare Earth Elements" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  6. ^ Gray, Theodore (2010). The Elements. 
  7. ^ http://www.chemicool.com/elements/thulium.html