The
troy ounce is the traditional unit of mass for precious
metals. It derives from the
troy system of mass[?], which dates back to before the time of
William the Conqueror. Its name is thought to derive from the town of
Troyes in
France. 1 troy ounce is defined as exactly 480 grains, where 1 grain is exactly 64.79891
milligrams, hence 1 troy ounce is exactly 31.1034768
grams.
The symbol for ounce is ℥
Note: The troy ounce is about 10% more than the more common ounce defined by the avoirdupois system of mass, which is 28.3 g. There are also two versions of the fluid ounce[?], units of volume, of 28.4 and 29.6 ml.
See also Conversion of units.
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