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The Story of Gold: 8 interesting facts


  • The symbol for gold is Au (from the Latin Aurum meaning “shining dawn”) .
  • The word “gold” originates from the old English Anglo Saxon word “geolu” meaning yellow.
  • The atomic number 79 represents the chemical element of gold.
  • Because of the softness of pure (24c) gold, it is usually alloyed with other metals for use in jewellery.
  • Humans have been decorating themselves with gold since at least 4000 BC.
  • The first coins containing gold were struck in Lydia, Asia Minor, around 600 BC.
  • China has overtaken South Africa as the world’s largest producer of gold.
  • Jewellery at is made in silver and 9ct gold and hallmarked by The Assay Office, Dublin Castle, Ireland.

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