History of Gold

Is Gold Rare In Space?

Aug 25 2022

When you stare off into the night sky, do you ever think about gold? Here on Earth, we know gold is rare. It’s mined from the ground, processed in a gold refinery, and used to Read Full Post

Will the Earth ever Run out of Gold?

Dec 08 2021

Gold is a commodity that has inspired and enthralled humans for most of recorded history. Wars have been fought and lost over the promise of gold. Today, it remains the symbol of wealth and success, Read Full Post

How Much Gold did the Pilgrims Have?

Nov 23 2021

The pilgrims were some of North America’s first European settlers. Who were they? And what did they bring with them on their perilous journey to the new world? Most importantly, was there any gold at Read Full Post

The Top 3 Most Popular Gold Rush Ghost Towns

Oct 26 2021

The California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 captured Americans’ imagination and led to several boomtowns throughout the Western United States. But just as quickly as some of these towns grew, they were abandoned and became ghost Read Full Post

Fort Knox now houses 147.3 million ounces of gold bullion, according to the U.S. Mint. That’s about half of the U.S. Treasury’s stored gold.

Does Fort Knox Still Have Gold?

Oct 07 2021

When thinking of secure facilities, one name that constantly comes up in conversation is Fort Knox. And for a good reason. Fort Knox in Kentucky is where the United States government stores most of its Read Full Post

How did the Word ‘Gold’ get its Name?

May 04 2021

We’re precious metal experts at Garfield Refining, but we’re also word nerds. That’s why we got curious about the origin of the word “gold.” How did gold get its name? “Gold” derives from the Proto-Germanic Read Full Post

Why do we Value Gold so Much?

Apr 21 2021

Today, well into the 21st century, gold remains a popular investment. So, why is gold valuable, which is just one of the 118 elements on the Periodic Table? Why not choose another metal? It turns Read Full Post

California Gold Rush

Histories of Gold: The California Gold Rush

Dec 30 2020

The 19th century was nearly over: More than 300,000 people traveled to Northern California seeking their weight in gold. While some sailed around Chili or traversed the Isthmus of Panama, others journeyed across the Pacific Read Full Post