Gold has long been a symbol of wealth and stability. It has many uses and forms including expensive jewelry, coins, and various works of art. There's a reason why we still use the term, "good as Gold."
Gold's chemical symbol is Au. Compared to other metals, it is less chemically reactive.
Gold is soft and dense and one of the most malleable metals in the world. It can easily be beaten and turned into sheets, bars, coins and other shapes.
As of 2012, it has been estimated that humans have mined around 160,000 tonnes of gold. This is equivalent to two Olympic size swimming pools, that's it!
For over 100 years, South Africa was the biggest producer of Gold.
Over the past three years, China has now surpassed South Africa as not only the largest producer of Gold and Silver, but the largest buyer as well.
As of 2011, the USA has 8,133 tonnes of gold reserves while Canada only has 3.
Gold is the most popular of all precious metals for investments. Having risen in price each of the last 11 years and, over 500%.
It's had less dramatic price fluctuations than any other metal and is therefore seen as the most consistent, conservative and safe.
In addition to Numismatic and Investment Grade Gold, there are actually some types of Gold Bullion assets that are also non-reportable to the IRS.
Believe it or not, injectable gold has been proven to reduce pain and swelling in patients suffering from tuberculosis and arthritis.
It takes exactly 5 months to produce a one ounce gold bar.
Gold Exploration and Mining have decreased by over 80% since 1980.
The $20 Liberty Gold Coin (1850-1907) has been the best performing Gold Investment Asset over the past 5 years.