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The medieval African ruler and emperor of the Mali Empire, Mansa Musa I, is known as the richest man in history. He owned a fortune of more than $400 billion, which is more than that of the Rothschilds and Rockefellers. During his pilgrimage to Mecca, accompanied by almost a 100-thousand escort, he gave away so much gold that it depreciated for many years.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the Olympic Games included not only sports disciplines, but also competitions in such categories as architecture, sculpture, statistics, urban planning, etc. People could even win an Olympic gold medal in literature!
Olympic gold medals actually contain no more than 1.5% of gold, all the rest is silver. Previously, medals were made of pure gold, but were much smaller than modern ones. For comparison: 100 years ago, a medal weighed 52 grams while in 2012 weighed 400 grams.
Pirates’ tradition of wearing a gold earring was more than fashion. It was believed that, in case of death, the person who found the body of a pirate thrown ashore could use the earring to arrange a decent burial.
In Dubai, you can buy gold in ... ATMs. At the moment, you can purchase gold bars in weights from 1 gram to an ounce in several vending machines in the city. The built-in computer monitors gold prices and updates them every 10 minutes.
India's gold reserves are amazingly distributed: the state has 360 tons of gold, while the residents own the incredible quantity of 15,000 tons.
But that is not the only astonishing fact about gold in the country. Indian women own almost 11% of all gold in the world. This is more than the gold reserves of the International Monetary Fund, the US, Germany and Switzerland combined!
El Dorado is not the only City of Gold. It is believed that there are Seven Cities of Gold known as Cibola, located on the territory of Mexico. Numerous expeditions have been sent for their search – all in vain.
The main gold reserve can be found in the Earth’s core, where it fell when the planet was still in a molten state. Therefore, what we find on the surface is only a small part of this precious metal. But there is good news: gold has already been found in all the continents!
Almost half of gold ever-mined was extracted in one place: Witwatersrande in South Africa.
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