can you play a gold record?


OK so I am an analog Newb, but can you actually play a gold or Platinum record? I would think this would destroy the stylus....or is there even anything actually "cut" to the album to play?
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You're kidding, right?!
From Wikipedia:

The plaques themselves contain various items under the glass. Modern awards often use CDs instead of records. Most gold and platinum records are actually vinyl records dipped (or otherwise coated) in fine metallic paint, while trimmed and plated metal "masters", "mothers", or "stampers" (metal parts used for pressing records out of vinyl) were initially used. Rarely does the groove on the record match the actual recording being awarded. Individual plaque-makers produced their awards according to available materials and individual techniques employed by their graphic arts departments. The plaques, depending on size and elaborateness of design, cost anywhere between US$135 and $275, most often ordered and purchased by the record label that issued the original recording.
How many of these do you have and where do you live? ;)
My brother was a tech. for several bands back in the 90's so he has several since they ( the band ) gave them to the crew as well. They are pretty cool to look at and I was thinking.... you know... I wonder if I could play one of these.
only one way to find out: throw one on the t-table with an expendable cartrige; the stylus may likely be damaged

Rarely does the groove on the record match the actual recording being awarded.
You'll need a stylus made of upsadasium.

I recommend a VTF of negative 1.5 grams.

Hokey smoke.