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How to Identify Gold: Did You Know?

Counterfeit gold poses a common problem around the world. Iron Pyrite, or Fool’s Gold, has often been mistaken for real gold throughout history in America. In recent years, 90 kilograms of counterfeit gold was found in the Ethiopian central bank. There are certain identifiers gold has that can be useful in telling it apart from …

Gold through the history

Gold through the history

Gold can be definitely called a “king of metals.” The Latin word Aurum translates as “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise.” The word gold comes from the Germanic languages, originating from the Proto-Germanic gulþ and Proto-Indo-European ghel, meaning “yellow or green.” The pure element has been known since ancient times. Sunny Ancient Egypt was the …

Gold Maple Leaf Coin: History & Evolution

Gold Maple Leaf Coin: History & Evolution

The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the 1-ounce Gold Maple Leaf coin in 1979. At the time, the purity of the coin’s gold was 99.9%. Four years after the coin’s debut, in 1983, this coin made history as the first bullion coin to be struck from 99.99% pure gold. In 2007 the Mint raised the coin’s …

The History of Gold

The History of Gold

Gold is a type of precious metal found in the Earth’s crust it can be found mixed with other metals or occasionally as a nugget. The biggest nugget found to date weighed over 78 kilograms and it was nicknamed The Welcome Stranger. Today there’s more than 190,000 tons of mined gold in the world, 90% …