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The Regent
In 1698, a slave found the 410 carat (82 g) uncut diamond in a Golconda mine, more specifically Paritala-Kollur Mine in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The slave stole the enormous rough concealing it in bandages of a self-inflicted leg wound, and fled to the seacoast.
Friday, August 08, 2014
Philip Judge - Anglo Far East
Tin In Rome 
In the Roman world "Tin" was effectively the "King of Commodities". This essential commodity was crucially important to every day life. It was most prominently used in the production of the alloy "Bronze" which was widely utilized throughout the empire in most metal applications including arms and amour. In one way or another, everyone living throughout the Empire were consumers of tin; they made up the "demand" side of the tin market.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
investing in precious metals - The Gold Report
  Silver Investing Chapter 5 : Alternative Silver Investing
If mining stocks did not provide enough leverage, there are still other avenues that offer even more leverage than mining shares. The decision to use leverage in a precious metals purchase is a decision to accept a greater percentage of risk relative to your capital outlay. The
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Gold - Perth Mint Blog
12 astonishing things about gold 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Julian D. W. Phillips - Gold Forecaster
Manipulation /Management : Controlling the Gold Price
There is much talk of price management/manipulation in almost all markets. These charges are met with denial, silence and scorn. There are several aspects of markets that can give the opportunity to manage/manipulate prices. Often we think of market manipulation solely in terms of heavy buyers and/or sellers overwhelming the markets.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Charleston Voice
  The Five Myths about the Gold Standard 
Myth N° 1 : There isn't enough Gold
Monday, June 30, 2014
Famous diamonds
The Excelsior
Until the discovery of the Cullinan Diamond, the world's largest-known uncut diamond was the Excelsior, found at the Jagersfontein Mine in South Africa. The rough stone weighted 995.20 carats.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Ferdinand Lips - Silberinfo
Interview with Ferdinand Lips (Silberinfo)
Your book „Gold Wars“ which was updated with various chapters and translated into German (“Die Gold Verschwörung”; “The Gold Conspiracy”; translated and revised by Stephan Bogner from www.silberinfo.de) was received 2003 with great applause among the German speaking Gold investment scene
Thursday, June 26, 2014
A poem for today
All that is gold does not glitter…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Famous diamonds
The Orloff 
The Orloff diamond (sometimes spelled Orlov) was said to be a 300 carats rough stone discovered in South India. The precise date of the discovery is unknown, the circumstances are related in such a confused way, that it has hitherto been impossible to fix its first definite appearance but the diamond has been involved for centuries in historical events and even legends.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Charleston Voice
FIVE MYTHS ABOUT THE GOLD STANDARD (Part I) - Ron Paul & Cong. Larry McDonald 
Americans are for the most part ignorant of the gold 'standard' envisioned by Ron Paul. Before the 'unenlightened ones' lend an ear to the quacks and frauds that'll twist and spin what Ron Paul proposes, best you read this 1981 congressional tract of his from 1981. A Gold Coin Exchange Standard is what he is suggesting. Under such a system, the Federal Reserve Notes would compete for gold in our markets as a medium of exchange.  F
Monday, August 04, 2014
Famous diamonds
The Star of Sierra Leone 
The Star of Sierra Leone, a magnificent 969-carat diamond, was discovered in the Koidu area on February 14, 1972 at the Diminco Mine. It ranks as the third-largest gem-quality diamond and the largest alluvial diamond ever discovered. The Star of Sierra Leone is considered as the most famous diamond unearthed from this place. The largest gem-quality diamond discovered previously in Sierra Leone was the 620-carat "Sefadu" diamond, found in 1970.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Jan Skoyles. - The Real Asset Co
  The London Gold Market: What’s behind the smoke and mirrors? 
In our last two major research pieces we have been looking at the working parts of the gold market and where the heart of it lies. We’re trying to help investors understand where gold prices are really set. Today we take a look at the London gold market, an older and arguably larger market than COMEX. A couple of weeks ago we explained how we had ‘found that the COMEX was still the beating heart of the gold market.’ Since this research piece, Bron Sucheki, whose work featured in our last piece,
Friday, July 04, 2014
Hugo Salinas Price - Plata.com
  Copernicus, Galileo and Gold. Part II 
The development of Economics and the development of Astronomy share interesting parallels. Aristarchus of Samos – the Greek island that produced Pythagoras – was born in 310 B.C. Aristarchus set Astronomy on the path that would have led to its correct development by postulating the Sun as the center of the Universe, with the Earth revolving around the Sun while revolving around its own axis; he also set the planets in the correct order of their distance from the Sun. Unfortunately, the preconcei
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Hugo Salinas Price - Plata.com
Copernicus, Galileo and Gold. Part I 
We are deceived when we consent to think about the “price of gold”. At the very outset of our thoughts regarding gold, we are wrong, just as astronomers prior to Copernicus were wrong in thinking about the solar system as geo-centric, with the Sun, Moon and planets describing perfect circles around Earth. Gold is - to follow the astronomical simile - the center of the monetary universe, and the planets - the currencies - circle the Sun, which represents gold. The correct starting point is
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
  Inside the New York Fed’s Gold Vault 
National Geographic goes to 33 Liberty Street in New York City to visit the Federal Reserve’s gold vault, home to about one-quarter of the world’s gold. Beginning at about the 3 minute mark, you get to see what one tonne of gold looks like, another reminder of just how dense the metal is. About half-way through this segment, they visit the New York gold district and then they begin a discussion of the current monetary system with this: All that money used to be backed by gold, but not any more
Friday, June 13, 2014
Tim Wood - Cyclesman.com
The Speculative Episode
The following text is a quote from the book A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith. I found this material to be very fitting and for that reason I wanted to share it with you. “Anyone taken as an individual is tolerably sensible and reasonable…as a member of a crowd, he at once becomes a blockhead.” …Friedrich Von Schiller, As quoted by Bernard Baruch
Friday, June 06, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Misconceptions about Gold 
Few markets are as widely misunderstood and subject to so many misconceptions as gold. Many of those misconceptions stem from gold's dual role as a commodity and money. This post will attempt to clear up some of those misconception with a few facts. Let's start with one key fact. Gold is Money Gold is Money
Monday, June 02, 2014
Philip Judge - Anglo Far East
Franklin Sanders Talking On Silver And... 
Franklin Sanders has been described as the most dangerous man in the South. In 1980 he opened his own physical gold and silver investment brokerage company. Working for grassroots monetary reform, in 1984 Mr. Sanders opened a gold and silver bank. This apparently upset the federal government, who investigated and
Sunday, June 01, 2014
David Morgan - Silver Investor
Chapter 5: Alternative Silver Investing 
Some alternative silver investments offer even more leverage than mining shares, according to expert David Morgan. In the fifth and final chapter of our "Guide to Silver Investing," David discusses the risk, reward and reality of futures and other alternative investments. Read on. . .
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Adrian Ash - Bullion Vault
Precious Metals Leasing Explained
Whatis precious metals leasing, and why is it done...? LEASINGis an integral part of the precious metals market,writes Miguel Perez-Santalla at BullionVault. Why is it necessary? For a diverse number of reasons, the first is the need for industry to borrow instead of buying outright the metal. This enables them to avoid owning the metal at a fixed price if they have not yet contracted to sell their product.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
investing in precious metals - gold.ie
Beware of Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs) Bearing Gold 
Gold is unique among asset classes as it is the only asset class not dependent on the performance of auditors, management, corporations, financial institutions, banks, politicians and governments. Nor should physical gold be dependent on the performance of trustees, custodians and or sub custodians.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Stewart Dougherty
Fort Knox, Fort Hocks or Fort Shocks: Three United States Gold Scenarios 
For 72 years, the building at the intersection of Bullion Boulevard and Gold Vault Road in Fort Knox, Kentucky has symbolized the financial strength of the United States of America. The United States Bullion Depository, better known as Fort Knox, is said to contain 147.3 million troy ounces of gold, over half the nation’s total reported gold bullion holdings of 261.5 million troy ounces. The remaining 114 million ounces are said to be stored at the Denver and Philadelphia Mints, the West Point Bullion Depository, and the San Francisco Assay Office. Assuming a price of $1,000 / ounce, the nation’s gold is worth $261.5 billion. If the metal is actually there, it represents the largest sovereign stockpile of gold bullion in the world.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Antal E. Fekete - Gold University
How to protect one’s pension with Gold 
Greed is as old as human race. The last time it overtook husbandry in the realm of gold was over 35 years ago. In 1968 you could still buy gold at $35 per oz. The price had not changed for 35 years, since 1933, in spite of six years of depression; six years of World War II; six years of Marshall give-away; six years of Korean War; six years of escalation of the Vietnam War; the Berlin blockade, the Cuban missile crisis and other Cold War battles. All these historic events have contributed to monetary depreciation in the order of 75 percent. The gold mining industry was badly hurting. Yet it kept producing and selling gold at break-neck speed as if there was no tomorrow. The gold producers of the 1960s, just as those of today, were doped by the paper-money magic. They were coaxed out of their possession of a real asset to exchange it for a phony one. In giving it up at a ridiculous price they were unwitting stooges helping postpone the day when gold could break its shackles. Nobody then or since has bothered pointing out the folly of the inmate who would ingratiate himself to the jail-keepers by assisting them to make his yoke heavier.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Charleston Voice
  Global Times - Hard lessons from China's silver standard 
History will repeat, but this time around America will not be able to coin silver Trade Dollars to conduct trade with Asia. Oops. Oh, where O where did my empire go? Source: Caijing.com.cn  [08:30 July 15 2009] Chinese macroeconomic historian Ray Huang used to say the Qing Dynasty never understood monetary and fiscal policy, and therefore was unable to compete against the West. In those days, monetary policy in China was essentially tied to silver, the national money standard since t
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mike Hewitt - Dollar Daze
  How Rare is Gold? 
The best estimates available suggest that the total volume of gold mined over history is approximately 155,500 tonnes, of which around 64% has been mined since 1950. More than 90% of the world's gold has been produced since 1848
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Perth Mint Blog
Everyone Owns A Little Gold – Here’s How 
We all livewith gold –it’sliterally inour bodies. Whilehumans arecomposed ofoxygen,carbon,hydrogen,nitrogen, calcium,phosphorous and 19other ‘essential’elements,wealsocontain traces ofmany more,including gold andsilver. InNature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to theElement,award-winning sciencewriter JohnEmsleysays theweight of gold in theaveragepersonis about 7milligrams.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Dudley Baker - Precious Metals Investment
Warrants, Options and LEAPS - It's All About Leverage
Investors looking for a more interesting and potentially rewarding approach to investing in the natural resource shares should investigate the use of warrants, options and LEAPS.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
The London Bullion Market Association
The LBMA, or London Bullion Market Association, offers "over-the-counter" (OTC) wholesale trading of gold and silver bullion between members. The LBMA operates the worlds largest OTC gold market, trading an average of $13.9 billion worth of bullion (equivalent to 18.3 million ounces, or 52,875 Good Delivery bars) each day. Because of its importance to the global bullion trade, the LBMA oversees spot dealing in gold and silver for most of the world. Gold traded by members of the London Bullion Ma
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Famous diamonds
The Oppenheimer
The Oppenheimer Diamond, named after the feted South African gold mining entrepreneur- Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, is one of the biggest uncut diamonds on the globe. The Oppenheimer Diamond is a nearly perfectly-formed yellow diamond crystal weighing about 253.7 carat (50.74 g).
Saturday, July 26, 2014

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