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The best known and most useful member of a famous family of "noble" metals. Occurs always in the metallic state alloyed with palladium, iridium and allied metals. It is a whitish metal, with a greyish tinge. It is malleable and ductile and will take a very high polish. On account of its coefficient of expansion being about the same as that of glass, platinum wire were long used for sealing in the glass of electrical devices.
Platinum is used in the jewelry, electrical and scientific instrument trades on account of its well known permanent qualities. It is one of the most useful of metals. Platinum itself alloys with a large number of metals.

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