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In March 1848, when two nuggets of gold was found in California, there was just 800 non-native Americans. 20 months later that number grew to 100,000. This marked the start of the goldrush.
America’s gold production is valued at $12.6 billion (around £7.5billion).
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Venezuela’s gold dominates $16.5 of their $23 foreign reserves (nearly 3/4).
Brazil and Chille’s gold production has dropped in the past few years yet Chille is still the 3rd biggest producer in Latin America.
We used to own a lot more, but Gordon Brown gold sold 395 tonnes of gold when prices were at 20-year low between 1992-2002
The queen once said whilst walking around the gold vaults at the BoE "I saw all the gold bars, which regrettably somebody said don’t belong to us."
45% of Germany’s gold is stored in the US.
Germany wants to move 54,000 solid gold bars, worth about $36 billion, from deep underneath the Federal Reserve Bank of New York back to Germany.
Gold mining in france dates back to the ancient Gauls. During the Gallic wars, so much gold was looted from Gaul that the price fell by as much as 20%.
France only has one gold mine left, The Salsigne mine located in the southern region of Languedoc-Roussillon.
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Italy May Have Over 1,000 Tonnes Of Gold At The New York Federal Bank.
The Banca d’Italia is the world’s third largest official holder of gold after the U.S. and Germany.
There is still 6,000 tonnes of gold in South Africa to be mined.
In 1983 the country produced 21.847 million ounces of gold, roughly 64% of the world’s output. Today it accounts for a little over 6%.
Until 2009, South Africa was the top producing country of gold in the world.
Russia increased their gold by 16.8 tonnes in june, using gold as a safe haven ready for a long geo-political standoff with the USA.
2/3s of Russian gold production comes from just six eastern regions.
Between 15-18% of production is controlled by foreign companies.
China overtook India as the top consumer of gold in the world. There is thought to be even more gold in the country but the chinese government cloud the numbers.
China is the world’s number one in the gold jewellery market and accounts for 30% of the world’s demand.
Australia stores its gold in the Bank of England for security reasons.
The amount of gold that Australia owns, when stacked up, would be smaller than the size of a small car.
Australia still has around 7,400 tonnes of gold reserves to be mined.