Some fun facts:
1) Platinum was named by the Spaniards who discovered it during their hunt for the City of Gold in the New World. “Platino” is Spanish for “small silver.” Spain largely ignored it in favor of gold for decades, until people started researching its properties. As it first came into provenance around the tail-end of the alchemy craze, it has its own alchemical symbol: the silver symbol (a crescent moon) and the gold symbol (the Sun, represented by a circled dot), conjoined.
2) Naturally, the Mesoamericans probably discovered it centuries earlier. They also probably didn’t see much use for it beyond ornamentation.
3) Platinum regularly trades for a higher price per ounce than gold, but its price isn’t traditionally printed with gold’s or silver’s in newspapers, likely because no country uses a “platinum standard.”
4) Like gold, silver, and several others, platinum is referred to as a “noble metal” because it’s extremely resistant to corrosion.
5) Platinum has a wide variety of industrial uses. Most commonly, it is used to make catalytic converters, which are used in cars to greatly reduce their hydrocarbon (the stuff you don’t want leaking into the environment) output into CO2 and water vapor.
6) Platinum records, like most other trophies, are really just made of plastic and painted.
7) Platinum is created, as almost all precious metals are, by the explosion of a supernova. The resulting debris traveled untold distances before it happened to impact Earth back when it was still an unlivable molten rock. Currently, 80% of the world’s platinum ore is found as inclusions in copper and nickel veins in South Africa.
Why, no, I didn’t have to write a ten-page report on platinum for a chemistry class! That’s silly.