As we documented in our extensive Gold Series, gold has been used as a monetary metal for thousands of years… It’s the most malleable and ductile metal, and it doesn’t tarnish or corrode. Over time, these properties have helped people to associate gold with concepts such as immortality or royalty. Even today, people are still finding new uses for gold that are impressive in their own right. For example, scientists recently discovered a gold alloy that is four times tougher than titanium.
The comments above and below are excerpts from an article/infographic by Jeff Desjardins (VisualCapitalist.com) which has been edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) to provide a faster and easier read.
The following infographic puts the rich history of gold into perspective.