The Ages of Gold



After tracking modern markets in The World of Gold and The Gold Companion, Timothy Green now reports on gold as money and a symbol of power and wealth over the last 6,000 years. Gold's beauty and unique properties of conductivity, ductility, malleability and resistance to corrosion have meant that each age valued it differently.

The book embraces four major periods:

The Ancient World (pre 4000 BC - 1 BC), when the gold trade expanded beyond Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) and Egypt around the Mediterranean. The Phoenicians established international precious metal trading routes, the Etruscans and Scythians became 'virtuoso' goldsmiths, Croesus launched gold coins while Alexander the Great seized the Persian treasure.
Empires (AD1-1200) reports on the growth of four major empires, China, Rome, Byzantium and Islam, each playing significant, but differing roles in the world of gold.

New Horizons (1200-1700) reveals the trading power of Venice which held the first gold 'fixings' and the unique talents of Pre-Columbian goldsmiths in South America whose ornaments were melted down by Spanish invaders. That gold was squandered furthering Spain's imperial ambitions.
Gold Standard (1700-2000) examines the rise and fall of the gold standard, first in Britain and then worldwide after the Californian, Australian and South African gold rushes. Finally, today's role for gold as jewellery, in electronics and as an investors' safe haven in dangerous days is examined.

The Ages of Gold describes the importance of gold throughout human history and, appropriately, is being launched at a time when the precious metal is very much in the news, with its price reaching an all-time high.

Technical specifications

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: GFMS Limited
  • ISBN-10: 978095541117
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