Science can melt gold down to a bronze sludge! A scientist melted down several Nobel prizes in Germany to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis. After the war, they were able to recast the medals and present them to their rightful owners. Watercolor and ink.
When I saw the thumbnail, I thought it was going to be a punchline something like, "I shall call it... Tang!" but this was something far better -- good illustration with a history kicker.
How amazing a story. Though the way you composed this, it makes me think of that Hard lemonade label.
Great as always and informational. Now I have something to look into.