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Throughout this paper I will be discussing and researching the production of gold platinum and silver Gold is a soft bright yellow metallic element Gold has been valued since the Stone Age Platinum is a soft ductile silver white metallic element Platinum was discovered in Columbia in 1735 Silver is a lustrous white metallic element Silver has been used for money since the time of Ancient Babylonian I have researched all three and I will discuss its properties uses production and its value Gold which symbol is Au is the first element that I will be discussing Gold is a transition element in the periodic table and its atomic number is 79 Gold is very soft and easily transformed into many shapes and sizes It is a good conductor of heat and electricity Gold is inactive and is unaffected by air heat moisture and most solvents It was first legalized as money as early as 1091 BC and in China as an alternative to silk Gold is still the only universal accepted medium of exchange Gold was found on the ground and used by prehistoric man as a tool Art objects and jewelry made of gold were discovered by archaeologist in Ur which is now Southern Iraq this occurred around the period of 3000 BC These art objects and jewelry were highly sophisticated and used in the Royal Tombs of Southern Iraq In 1848 the true Gold Rush began Millions of men rushed to California The state was filled with men who had learned how to mine These men spread throughout the West to hopefully strike it rich These men used a circular dish to sift the bottoms of streams in search for gold In the United States on September 24 1869 we were faced with a short-lived financial crisis known as Black Friday This was a period when the supply of gold was greatly in demand and two individuals James Fisk and Jay Gould
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