Our first encounters with gold were probably way back in prehistory when generally pottering around in streams we discovered that just about everything that glittered was gold. Widely dispersed around the world, gold was discovered by many different groups over the centuries. Its incredible lustre, workability and resistance to tarnishing made it more special than any other possession. Initially valued for its beauty and extraordinary enhancement of artistic works, it became a mark of wealth long before it became money.
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