Gold has been treasured since ancient times for its beauty and permanence. Most of the gold that is fabricated today goes into the manufacture of jewelry. However, because of its superior electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion and other desirable combinations of physical and chemical properties, gold also emerged in the late 20th century as an essential industrial metal. Gold performs critical functions in computers, communications equipment, spacecraft, jet aircraft engines, and a host of other products. Although gold is important to industry and the arts, it also retains a unique status among all commodities as a long-term store of value. Until recent times, it was considered essentially a monetary metal, and most of the bullion produced each year went into the vaults of government treasuries or central banks.
Gold bullion refers to a Gold product that is valued by and sold mostly for its metal content and does not contain any numismatic or collectible value. Gold bullion often appears in the form of bars, rounds and Sovereign coins that carry a face value and are backed by a government. These products are most commonly categorized therefore as either .999 fine, .9999 fine Gold bullion and even .99999 fine Gold, meaning the product is either 99.9%, 99.99% or the highly desirable 99.999% pure Gold.Browse our broad selection today and shop for gold rounds and bars to add to your collection.
The first gold coins were minted in Lydia, a region in present-day Turkey, around 600 BC. The Gold was brought from nearby rivers and mines, and the coins were stamped with images of animals to indicate their value. Gold coinage then spread to the Persian Empire, where Gold Daric coins became popular. Darius I, the king of Persia from 522-486 BC, even went so far as to put his image on the Gold Daric.
The discovery of Gold in California in 1848 and Australia in 1851 led to a massive influx of new Gold into the global economy. This, combined with the economic turmoil of the times, led to Gold becoming a popular investment. In 1873, Gold was made optional in U.S. coinage, and in 1900 it became illegal for U.S. citizens to own bullion like gold bars and coins. The price of Gold was fixed at $20.67 an ounce from 1934 until 1968, when it began to fluctuate again.
In 1971, the U.S. abandoned the Gold Standard completely, and the price of Gold has since been allowed to float freely on the open market. Today, Gold is still prized for its unique properties and is used in various ways: jewelry, coins, bullion bars, and a popular investment vehicle.Ready to invest in precious metals After finding the perfect gold products for your collection, find today's silver spot price and the silver products your collection is missing.
Bald and golden eagles, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks, peregrine falcons, and white-throated swifts soar above Gold Butte. Closer to the ground, one can spot a variety of birds, including the western burrowing owl, common poorwill, Costa's hummingbird, pinyon jay, Bendire's thrasher, Virginia's warbler, Lucy's warbler, black-chinned sparrow, and gray vireo. Migratory birds, including the Calliope hummingbird, gray flycatcher, sage sparrow, lesser nighthawk, ash-throated flycatcher, and the Brewer's sparrow, also make stop-overs in the area. These birds, and a variety of other avian species, use the diversity of habitats in the area to meet many of their seasonal, migratory, or year-round life cycle needs.
Just when the Mormons appeared seeking employment, Sutter's partner James Marshall found a site for the proposed sawmill, a place called Coloma about 45 miles from Sutter's Fort on the south fork of the American River. Many of the Mormons Sutter hired that summer were assigned to follow Marshall to Coloma, where they finished the sawmill in January. Next they set to work deepening the stream so that the millrace would have adequate power. On January 24, 1848, Marshall went down to the river to inspect progress, and, as he later told the story: \"My eye was caught by something shining in the bottom of the ditch. . . . I reached my hand down and picked it up; it made my heart thump, for I was certain it was gold. . . Then I saw another.\"
As word of the gold discovery spread, Sutter's and Marshall's workmen left their jobs to \"dig\" for gold along the American River and its tributaries, and Sutter's fort and fields were soon deserted. Still, large numbers of prospectors did not arrive until May, when word of the strike--and a sample of gold dust--were shown in San Francisco. Almost overnight, the port turned into a near ghost town as merchants, sailors, soldiers, and laborers rushed inland to the gold fields. It was not long before gold-seekers from all over the state, Hispanic Californians, Native Americans, Europeans and U.S. citizens joined them. As word spread outside California in the following months, new national and ethnic groups contributed their share to the fascinating mix of the gold fields: Mormons from Utah, farmers and trappers from nearby Oregon, experienced miners from Mexico and Chile, white sailors and merchants and native workers from Hawaii, and Chinese from the province of Kwangtung near Canton.
It was no accident that few of the immigrant \"forty-eighters\" came from the United States. Without telegraph lines or a railroad, news of the gold strike at Coloma had to travel to the Atlantic Coast by the ships that sailed south along the Pacific Coast, then \"around the Horn\" of South America or across the Isthmus of Panama to await another ship in the Caribbean, a journey that could consume six or seven months. On the other hand, the 7,000-mile journey by sea to China took only three months. Not only did news of the gold strike take longer to reach the eastern United States, but in 1848 it came in tentative, unconfirmed stories that tempted few to chance the long, difficult journey to California.
Thanks to a young Army officer named William Tecumseh Sherman, that situation would soon change. At the end of June 1848, Sherman persuaded his commander, California's military governor Colonel Richard Barnes Mason, to visit the gold fields himself to verify the tales of wealth along the American River. Governor Mason's report of that trip prompted President Polk to make an official announcement of the gold strike in his State of the Union message to Congress on December 5, 1848. This official confirmation of the news triggered a mass exodus to California. The \"Forty Niners\" were on their way.
The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.
The byway begins 90 miles northeast of Las Vegas and five miles south of Mesquite/Bunkerville on Interstate 15, exit 112. The 62-mile scenic trip offers opportunities to see desert wildlife, red and white sandstone, sinkholes, petroglyphs, the Muddy Mountains and Lake Mead. The historic mining town of Gold Butte, established in 1908, is along the route. The primary extractions from Gold Butte are copper, gold, lead and zinc. The last 19 miles of the byway should only be traveled by high-clearance vehicles. Primitive camping and hiking are available along the byway.
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The price of gold can change by the second, led by investment supply and demand as well as by changes in other markets (commodities, stocks or bonds) and also the currency that the investor wishes to use to buy their gold. Currently, the spot price for 1 ounce of gold is
The price of gold can change by the second, led by investment supply and demand as well as by changes in other markets (commodities, stocks or bonds) and also the currency that the investor wishes to use to buy their gold. Currently, the spot price for 1kg of gold in the UK is
Whatever the outlook, choosing to buy gold for investment can make a good idea for spreading risk across a balanced portfolio. That's because the value of gold bullion has, in the past, tended to increase when other investment assets fall over long periods of time. More active traders can also try to time their buying and selling using this live gold price chart. 59ce067264