A Visual History Of Gold

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With Gold inching back up towards the $1700 mark once again following yet another central bank's promise to flush the world with fiat currency, we thought some reflection on the history of Gold was useful. From its rareness and malleability to its multi-millenial nature as a store of wealth, Visual Capitalist's infographic takes us from the Egyptians to the Chinese and on through the US Gold Rush to the current 'vaults' of gold being questioned currently.


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Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:40 | 3177691 Almost Solvent
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I just had some for dinner. 



Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:02 | 3177756 Dr. Engali
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I had an iPad for dinner. It wasn't too bad, kind of gristly.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:50 | 3177885 DoChenRollingBearing
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Information on the properties of gold, including specifications, etc.

"Gold: Basic Facts for the 99%":


Wed, 01/23/2013 - 00:11 | 3177934 Manipuflation
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Try the Ipad2 + females.  I hate the IPad2(no ten keys for sakes much less...?) but it keeps the two women that I have to pay for around here from bitching at me.  They bitch at each other instead.  The idiots each have their own laptops anyway.  Oh well.  Disclosure:  I only have ten minutes worth of experience on an IPad before I determined that I need a KEYBOARD.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 01:28 | 3178080 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Do you always give up so quickly? iPad & Keyboard

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 02:39 | 3178167 boogerbently
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My Nikes were great with a little Ranch dressing.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 03:04 | 3178195 Cast Iron Skillet
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you must not of cooked it right ... mine was nice & crunchy.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 06:47 | 3178345 F22
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Not "have" cooked it right....

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 04:17 | 3178251 Never One Roach
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I had a delicious T-Bond sandwich, no mayo or mustard but lots of fiber.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:08 | 3177766 Kingkongballs827
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PVC Gun Burial Tube. Holds 3 long rifles Ak47, SKS, AR15 plus ammo and gold & silver. Check it out here.



Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:54 | 3177890 Dave Thomas
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A tiny hammer should come out of your computer and whack you repeatedly in the nuts if you pay $275 dollars for $30 bucks worth of PVC.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 00:29 | 3177973 gaoptimize
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The end caps are ~$90 for 2 @ 8" diameter.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 06:12 | 3178331 lasvegaspersona
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a tiny hammer should wack you if you are burying your guns. NOW is when you ned them most.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 06:56 | 3178350 krispkritter
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Better: http://flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cgi?cart_id=9065430.7810&product=PVC-Pipe-...

Rubber caps for 8" are $13. You can buy an 8" weathertight conduit kit for $80.

I have 150' of 8" in the backyard, was wondering what to do with it...

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 02:38 | 3178166 clara-to-market
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What would the price of gold be without stimulus?

The dollar would be king.

Thank you, Mr. Greenspan.

Thank you, Mr. Bernanke.


Wed, 01/23/2013 - 03:12 | 3178203 Troy Ounce
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Me too...

Yummy silver as desert!


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:45 | 3177693 AssFire
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I used it in my enema.



Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:03 | 3177757 LetThemEatRand
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Wed, 01/23/2013 - 04:00 | 3178240 A Nanny Moose
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Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:13 | 3177779 Bohm Squad
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You weren't responding to KingKong's PVC tube comment...were you?!?!

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:44 | 3177698 Likstane
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I washed my dog with it.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:46 | 3177704 Dr. Engali
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Gold makes for great grills.


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:59 | 3177750 e_goldstein
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Good god.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:48 | 3177710 zorba THE GREEK
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I started buying gold in 2001, and it has treated me right.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:10 | 3177749 Tinky
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Chump. Should of bought it in 1971.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:42 | 3177865 DoChenRollingBearing
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First 1 oz gold coin: 1986

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:51 | 3177714 4Y_LURKER
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GOld Bitchez! 


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:52 | 3177717 ricky2
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my new USD bills smell better though, TAKE THAT, GOLD HOARDING BITCHEZ!!

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:09 | 3177771 edifice
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You think buttcrack smells good?

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:53 | 3177721 silverdragon
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I just touch it.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:57 | 3177733 Dr. Engali
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Yeah but what do you do with your gold?

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:14 | 3177773 knukles
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Don't forget the secret stuff they left off the chart.  Way back when according to Sumerian legend the Annanuki came to earth and interbred with apes to make people who mined gold for the aliens.  Like bees nests some of the collective are royals who appear to us all as humans but are really Reptilian Overlords, responsible to continue the collection and manipulation of physical gold allowing the Annanuki to continue collecting such, injecting paper gold certificates in place thereof to which the majority of the earth's population remains blissfully unawares what with the electro chemical mind control, perceptions management, reality TV, alcohol, drugs, advertising, television, porn and propaganda.
Properly appreciating these facts, recognizing such explains an awful lot about social economic and political structure of the globe, today, man's misery, disease and whatever else you want to fantasize about for shits and grins..
With the Aliens continuing to empty the vaults (Where else do you think all that stuffs gone?) gold remains an attractive investment vehicle.  Just don't get beamed up with the bars, else you might get reptile rectile adjustments.
Or left in Detroit when they dump you off.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:14 | 3177782 prains
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if i told you a thousand times DO NOT mix your shiraz with cabs, it's just gonna take you places you don't wanna visit

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:26 | 3177816 Dr. Engali
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I'm enjoying a nice Cab right now.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 00:27 | 3177966 prains
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with a mon petite cheri i hope

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 07:30 | 3178368 No Euros please...
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With all the shit us Brits have to put up with I thank God that in the UK we have no alien invasions (not even 1 anal invasion reported - at least only by politicians and show biz paedos), we have no tsunami waves heading our way, we have no meteors about to fall on our capital city, no zombies, no strange mutant people with super powers and no large sections of land about to fall into large volcanic crevices.

I guess living on a small insignificant island has some advantages after all.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 08:10 | 3178402 Dugald
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You forgot the Blizzards......

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 10:23 | 3178651 One of these is...
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NO alien invasions?? What's all this mulitculturality/WIMPEY (We Import More People Each Year) stuff about then, eh?

We may not get Tsumai style flooding but I bet some Villagers who live near certain inland water features would argue the toss.

I'm sure I have met many zombies in my time in the workplace, and most government institutions, plus any living room where the TV is on. MY daughter is DEFINITELY a strange mutant person with super powers.

Which just leaves the meteors and volcanic crevices to be thankful for, in a country where all the useable land was appropriated long ago, and YOU CAN'T LIVE ON IT without a commitment to playing an economic game that is unwinnable without cheating (or submitting to (metaphorically speaking) extensive anal probing... Bah!

But I could be wrong/mad/a shill, and those things don't really matter anyway, do they..? 


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:57 | 3177736 H E D G E H O G
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"my precious........."

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:01 | 3177745 Cult_of_Reason
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From the ancient fascinations through the modern convulsions -- cycles of obsession and desperation-- gold has led many of its most eager and proud possessors to a bad end.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:00 | 3177746 H E D G E H O G
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with all of these GOLD articles lately, it seems something is in the air, maybe a good run up? time for the flight of the black swans.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:03 | 3177755 Bunga Bunga
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I sold it to Mozilo in bottles then.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:05 | 3177762 FROZENOJFUTURES

yo dog i herd u liek gold so i put tungsten in your gold so you can fraudulently sell it in NYC

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:05 | 3177763 Gohn Galt
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Egyptians were the first ones to smelt Gold?  Smelting gold is older than most professions.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 04:58 | 3178277 francis_sawyer
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Thou who smelt it dealt it...

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:08 | 3177770 economicfreefall
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I say silver is tha shit! Used more often and widespread than gold as money.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:21 | 3177803 holdbuysell
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You may even be able to cure lymphoma in the future:

Gold Nanoparticles Might Make a Non-Toxic Treatment for Lymphoma


Wed, 01/23/2013 - 07:57 | 3178389 Random
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No need to wait for gold cure, go get a pound of pot, some alcohol and a source of heat and make oil out of it.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:27 | 3177818 mess nonster
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Silver cures lycanthropy. Unfortunately, the Anunaki stole, not only my gold, but my assault rifles and all my ammo, just before I was going to take that stuff on a boating expedition.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 23:29 | 3177827 Joebloinvestor
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You need gold to make a fission based nuke.

It keeps the pit from oxidizing ensuring a sucessful blast.

One of golds "dirty litle secrets".

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