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 10 interesting facts about Gold

Gold is one of the world’s most precious and rare metals and has always fascinated humans because of its unique qualities. Gold has been around for centuries and has been treasured over the years. 

Here are 10 interesting facts about Gold: 

  1. Gold is one of the heaviest metals in the Periodic Chart, but it is also incredibly soft and very malleable. Even one gram of Gold can be flattened into thin sheets and turned into jewellery. 
  2. You can eat Gold! It’s safe to eat in the form of glitter or gold leaf, pure Gold isn’t toxic, and you can often find it in chocolate or even served on steak. 
  3. It has been estimated that around 190,000 tons of Gold have been mined throughout history. All of the Gold ever mined would fit into 3 Olympic swimming pools. 
  4. Did you know that Gold can conduct heat and electricity? Its conductivity is slightly lower than copper and silver, but it does not tarnish quickly, which means it lasts much longer than other metals. 
  5. 22-carat Gold is the standard for UK Gold Coins. The first Gold coins appeared in around 700 BC. Gold Brittania coins were moved to 24ct (fine gold) in 2013.
  6. Gold is a brilliant way of preserving wealth from one generation to another as it has a history of holding its wealth. Its natural scarcity and high production cost are the main reasons it holds value. 
  7. Scientists believe that Gold is formed from supernovae and neutron star collisions. This means other plants like Mercury, Mars and Venus could also have Gold. 
  8. Researchers in Australia found that the Eucalyptus trees have Gold in their leaves. The Eucalyptus roots can go over 130 feet underground for water. Gold is often found in underground water, so it makes sense that the Eucalyptus tree picks up gold particles that are absorbed and transferred to its leaves.  
  9. One-fifth of all the Gold owned by the government in the world is stored underneath the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street in London. The vaults hold 5,134 tonnes of Gold. The reason why so many people invest in physical Gold is that you own it outright. This means you are not reliant on banks or other financial institutions.
  10. The reason why so many people invest in physical Gold is that you own it outright. This means you are not reliant on banks or other financial institutions.

As you can see, there are so many amazing facts about Gold, which is why we’ve been in the gold business for over 200 years! If you’d like to learn more about how to invest in Gold, you can contact us here

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When will coins change to King Charles III?

Along with the rest of the UK, we were deeply saddened by the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8th, aged 96. 

The Queen’s face is one that we all see daily. Her head takes pride of place on our stamps, banknotes, coins and medals. This has been the case since the start of her reign in 1956. 

During Elizabeth II’s reign, the UK transitioned into a decimal currency, and the switch came on Monday, February 15th 1971. Before the switch, it was customary for more than one monarch’s face to be on British coins, but they were all updated with the Queen’s head in time for decimalisation in 1971. 

There are 29 billion coins in circulation in the UK that picture Her Majesty’s head. The Royal Mint will no longer create new coins with her image, but it will take a while for us to start seeing King Charles III’s head on our coins. It could also take many years for the late Queen’s image to completely vanish from circulation. 

The first step will be for The King to work with The Royal Mint to approve a new design for coins and notes. The Chancellor and then the King will approve the final design. As part of a 300-year-old tradition, King Charles will face left on the new coins. Each time there is a new monarch, the direction of their head changes. The late Queen’s father, King George VI, faced left on coins before she took reign. 

Even though many significant changes will happen over the next few weeks and months, we don’t have to worry about invalid coins. Coins with the late Queen’s head on them will remain legal tender, and over time they will eventually be phased out.

However, it would be a good idea to check your coins as some of them could become very valuable in years to come. For example, the second most valuable Queen Elizabeth II coin is the mule gold proof Double Sovereign £2 coin with the wrong obverse. It is 22ct gold and was released in 1994 to celebrate 300 years of the Bank of England; it also has a unique reverse inspired by the original Britannia seal of the UK’s central bank.

Mr Jon White is a coin expert, and in an interview, he explained that this rare find has a current value of £5,000 as there are only 1,000 of them in circulation.

If you are interested in investing in Gold coins, we have a range of Gold sovereign coins on our website. If you’d like to have a chat about how to get started, drop us an email or give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help. 

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A short history of Gold

“The Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules.”

Gold has always been viewed as one of the most precious metals throughout history. 

Gold is the only metal with a distinct golden colour and is also one of the rarest natural minerals.

Did you know that nearly all of the Gold on Earth came from the supernovae and neutron star collisions which resulted in an explosion creating atoms of Gold? Scientists believe that Gold buried itself deep into the Earth’s core during the creation of Earth, and geologists have even found rocks of Gold as old as 4 billion years.

Since Gold was so precious and rare, in around 550 BC, Gold started to be mined and used as a currency in Greece and the Middle East. Gold was used as a currency in many countries before paper money was created. When paper money was introduced, it was called the Gold Standard. The Gold Standard set a fixed price for Gold which determined its value. The paper money was linked directly to the Gold, and countries agreed to convert the paper money into a fixed amount of Gold. 

Still to this day, Gold is one of the world’s most useful and highly valued metals. Even though it is technically a heavy metal, it’s very soft and can be moulded and shaped into jewellery. Gold is also used for Olympic medals and trophies; it can even be used to conduct electricity. 

Today many people, including governments, hold investments in Gold. Buying Gold as an asset can help protect your wealth in the long term and be an excellent addition to your investment portfolio. Gold can never be destroyed and can not be altered or hacked like some investments in the digital world. 

At J Blundells & Sons, we’ve been trading Gold since 1839. We’re a family-run business based in the heart of London’s famous jewellery district, Hatton Garden. If you are interested in buying Gold, we’d love to help you take that first step.