...I just realized why Balance of Power doesn't make sense. They talk about replicating gold-pressed latinum like the bars are solid metal. Except it's called gold-pressed latinum because latinum is a liquid metal, like mercury, which is "suspended inside worthless gold, probably because somebody got tired of making change with an eyedropper." I remember this conversation distinctly - I think it was Jadzia and Quark. It was definitely Quark.
Then again, this book was written before that was entered into canon.