Also known as the thistle-finch, it is often kept as a pet and taught to do tricks.

Common Goldfinch of Europe

Also known as the thistle-finch, it is often kept as a pet and taught to do tricks.

"In China and the warmer parts of Japan a fish extremely similar to the Crucian carp of Europe is of very common occurrence in ponds and other still waters. In the wild state its colors do not differ from those of a Crucian carp, and like that fish it is tenacious of life and easily domesticated. Albinos seem to be rather common and as in other fishes, the color of most of these albinos is a bright orange or golden yellow; occasionally even this shade of color is lost, the fish being more or less pure white or silvery." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Goldfish

"In China and the warmer parts of Japan a fish extremely similar to the Crucian carp of Europe is of…

A famous financier and known for his actions on Black Friday.

Jay Gould

A famous financier and known for his actions on Black Friday.

An English gold piece, struck during the reign of Charles II. They are called guineas because they were struck, for the most part, from gold obtained from Guinea. This coin preceded the sovereign.

Guinea of Charles II

An English gold piece, struck during the reign of Charles II. They are called guineas because they were…

This inkstand is designed in a Cinquecento (Italian 16th century) style. It is made of part gold, part silver, gilt and enamel. There is a bird in the front that is attacking a dragon. The groups of figures in the back signify moral Christian Virtues and domestic scenes.

Inkstand

This inkstand is designed in a Cinquecento (Italian 16th century) style. It is made of part gold, part…

Illustration of the High Priest, most likely Aaron, in the Holy of Holies, holding the Ten Commandments. The Ark of the Covenant sits in the back.The Table of Showbread sits on the right with twelve loaves of bread on top. The Golden Candlestick is on the left with its seven lit flames. The Altar of Perfumes is in the center and incense is burning on it.

Inside the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle

Illustration of the High Priest, most likely Aaron, in the Holy of Holies, holding the Ten Commandments.…

A gold coin of King James I. It was the first coin to bear the name 'Great Britain.'

Gold Coin of James I

A gold coin of King James I. It was the first coin to bear the name 'Great Britain.'

An illustration of a roman diptych with gold leaf. A diptych is any object with two flat plates attached at a hinge.

Leaf of Roman Diptych

An illustration of a roman diptych with gold leaf. A diptych is any object with two flat plates attached…

This Italian faience lip-spout pitcher is a 16th century design made of glazed colors. It has blue lilies on a gold background that are the coat of arms of Julius III.

Italian Faience Lip-Spout Pitcher

This Italian faience lip-spout pitcher is a 16th century design made of glazed colors. It has blue lilies…

"Bacchus offered Midas his choice of a reward, whatever he might wish. He asked that whatever he might touch should be changed into gold." —Bulfinch, 1897

Midas

"Bacchus offered Midas his choice of a reward, whatever he might wish. He asked that whatever he might…

"Midas was, in Greek legend, a King of Phrygia. For his kindness to Silenus he was promised by Dionysus whatever he should ask, and in his folly he asked that everything he touched should become gold; but, as the very food he touched was at once changed into gold, he was soon fain to implore the god to take back his fatal gift. He was told to bathe in the sources of the Pactolus, and from that day to this its sands have yielded grains of gold. 600 B. C."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Tomb of Midas

"Midas was, in Greek legend, a King of Phrygia. For his kindness to Silenus he was promised by Dionysus…

"And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount." Exodus 32:19 ASV
<p>Illustration of Moses throwing down the stone tablets and breaking them after finding the Israelites worshiping an idol in the shape of a golden calf. One tablet lies broken on the ground and he is raising the second one, ready to smash it. Aaron stands next to him, distressed and trying to stop him. The people can be seen in the background, crowded around the golden calf. The tents are behind them.

Moses Breaks the Stone Tablets on Which the Ten Commandments are Written

"And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing: and…

A crown, made of gold.

Corona Navalis

A crown, made of gold.

A heraldic shield made of or (gold), which is represented by engraving dots of pricks into the shield.

Or Shield

A heraldic shield made of or (gold), which is represented by engraving dots of pricks into the shield.

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the metal tincture, or (gold), represented by dots.

Or Shield Metal

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the metal tincture, or (gold), represented by dots.

This gold pattern is a 15th century design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the monastery of Heilbronn in Germany.

Gold Pattern

This gold pattern is a 15th century design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the monastery of…

This gold pattern is a design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the church of St. Egidius, Barthfeld, Slovakia.

Gold Pattern

This gold pattern is a design found on the floor of the altar shrine in the church of St. Egidius, Barthfeld,…

This painted gold pattern is 15th century design found on the floor of the St. Lorenzo church in Rottweil, Germany.

Painted Gold Pattern

This painted gold pattern is 15th century design found on the floor of the St. Lorenzo church in Rottweil,…

This textile pattern is a 12th century design made of silk and gold. It is found in a tomb in the Abbey of St. Germain des pres in Paris, France.

Textile Pattern

This textile pattern is a 12th century design made of silk and gold. It is found in a tomb in the Abbey…

"A representation of a remarkably elegant pendant ornament, the design being of an exceptionally beautiful character." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Pendant Ornament

"A representation of a remarkably elegant pendant ornament, the design being of an exceptionally beautiful…

"A necklace with gold beads and a butterfly pendant." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Pendent

"A necklace with gold beads and a butterfly pendant." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"A necklace with gold beads and a cuttlefish pendant." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Pendent

"A necklace with gold beads and a cuttlefish pendant." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"A necklace with gold beads and a cross pendant." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Pendent

"A necklace with gold beads and a cross pendant." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

This piano is made out of dark rosewood. It is inlaid with gold, silver and copper tints.

Piano

This piano is made out of dark rosewood. It is inlaid with gold, silver and copper tints.

An illustration of a gold griffin pin worn on clothing for ornament.

Gold Griffin Pin

An illustration of a gold griffin pin worn on clothing for ornament.

This furnace is used to purify a gold concentrate. The gold concentrates, if non-pyritic, are treated in grinding pans in the bottom of which mercury is placed. The amalgam (mercury alloy), after squeezing out the excess mercury, is heated in the retort, to distil (separate) off the rest and leave the gold, which is then melted and cast into bars of gold bullion of varying fineness.

Retort Furnace for Gold Bullion

This furnace is used to purify a gold concentrate. The gold concentrates, if non-pyritic, are treated…

"A Ring is any circle or section of a cylinder. Rings of gold, silver, and of other metals and materials have been worn in all times and countries, and while they have been used to decorate the ears, neck, nose, lips, arms, legs, and toes, finger rings have always occupied the most important and significant place among such ornaments. From the earliest period of civilized relationships the finger ring was a convenient means for carrying the signet of its wearer. Fig. 1 shows a Jewish marriage ring beautifully wrought in gold filigree, and richly enamelled."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Ring

"A Ring is any circle or section of a cylinder. Rings of gold, silver, and of other metals and materials…

"A Ring is any circle or section of a cylinder. Rings of gold, silver, and of other metals and materials have been worn in all times and countries, and while they have been used to decorate the ears, neck, nose, lips, arms, legs, and toes, finger rings have always occupied the most important and significant place among such ornaments. From the earliest period of civilized relationships the finger ring was a convenient means for carrying the signet of its wearer. Fig. 2 shows a form of betrothal ring called a gimmel, or linked ring, which was used in later times; the upper figure shows the three parts brought together, the lower figures the parts separately."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Ring

"A Ring is any circle or section of a cylinder. Rings of gold, silver, and of other metals and materials…

"A Ring is any circle or section of a cylinder. Rings of gold, silver, and of other metals and materials have been worn in all times and countries, and while they have been used to decorate the ears, neck, nose, lips, arms, legs, and toes, finger rings have always occupied the most important and significant place among such ornaments. From the earliest period of civilized relationships the finger ring was a convenient means for carrying the signet of its wearer. Fig. 2 shows a form of betrothal ring called a gimmel, or linked ring, which was used in later times; the upper figure shows the three parts brought together, the lower figures the parts separately."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Ring

"A Ring is any circle or section of a cylinder. Rings of gold, silver, and of other metals and materials…

"A circular plaque decorated with a rosette is very similar to those found at Mycenae." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Rosette

"A circular plaque decorated with a rosette is very similar to those found at Mycenae." —The Encyclopedia…

"Bezant, Or. BESANT, or BEZANT. Gold coin of Byzantium; when they appear in a coat of arms their colour is not described: a besant is always or." -Hall, 1862

Roundlet Bezant

"Bezant, Or. BESANT, or BEZANT. Gold coin of Byzantium; when they appear in a coat of arms their colour…

"Specimens occur in gold, but most frequently in silver. Their average weight is 15 grains, and they were probably current from about 600 to 750." &mdash;Whitney, 1889
<p>This image is of a silver sceat currently in the British Museum. The image shows the obverse and reverse of the coin.

Sceat, an Early Anglo Saxon Coin

"Specimens occur in gold, but most frequently in silver. Their average weight is 15 grains, and they…

Gold and crystal sceptres from Mycan&aelig;.

Mycanæ:n sceptres

Gold and crystal sceptres from Mycanæ.

"...an English gold coin of the value of seven shillings, being the third part of the guinea, coined by George III from 1797." &mdash;Whitney, 1889
<p>Obverse and reverse of the coin which shows a profile of George III and the royal crown.

Seven Shilling Piece from Great Britain

"...an English gold coin of the value of seven shillings, being the third part of the guinea, coined…

"One of the simplest forms of sluice as used in river diggings in the north-west of America. A rectangular trough of boards, whose dimensions depend chiefly on the size of the planks available, is set up on the higher part of the ground at one side of the claim to be worked, upon trestles or piers of rough stone-work, at such an inclination that the stream may carry off all but the largest stones, which are kept back by a grating of boards about 2 inches apart at a." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Sluice

"One of the simplest forms of sluice as used in river diggings in the north-west of America. A rectangular…

"In mining, a trough made of boards, used for separating gold from the gravel and sand in which it occurs. Its bottom is lined with riffles, and these, with the help of quicksilver, arrest and detain the particles of gold as they are borne along by the current of water." &mdash;Whitney, 1889
<p>Illustration of miners working in a forest, shoveling material into the sluice.

A Sluice Box - Miners Work in the Forest

"In mining, a trough made of boards, used for separating gold from the gravel and sand in which it occurs.…

This caddy spoon in the shape of a flower, is made with gilt (thin layer of gold).

Caddy Spoon

This caddy spoon in the shape of a flower, is made with gilt (thin layer of gold).

Stamp Mill.

Stamp Mill

Stamp Mill.

This toilet-glass was designed in Paris, France. It is a mirror that is designed with gems, engraved in pure gold and silver ornaments.

Toilet-Glass

This toilet-glass was designed in Paris, France. It is a mirror that is designed with gems, engraved…

"A Torque, in arch&aelig;ology, is a twisted collar of gold, or other metal, worn around the neck, in ancient times by the people of Asia and the N. of Europe, and apparently forming a great part of the wealth of the wearer. Among the ancient Gauls gold torques appear to have been so abundant that about 223 B. C. Flaminius Nepos erected to Jupiter a golden trophy made from the torques of the conquered Gauls."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Torque

"A Torque, in archæology, is a twisted collar of gold, or other metal, worn around the neck, in…

"An ornament or kind of chain, of gold, twisted spiraly, and bent in a circular form, which was worn around the neck." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Torques

"An ornament or kind of chain, of gold, twisted spiraly, and bent in a circular form, which was worn…

"The Crown Vallary is a circlet of gold, with palisades fixed to the rim and rising above it."&mdash;Aveling, 1891

Crown Vallary

"The Crown Vallary is a circlet of gold, with palisades fixed to the rim and rising above it."—Aveling,…

This vase is made out of gold and enamel, and designed in a Venetian style. It stands on a pedestal with infant figures at its base. Its top is in the shape of a bowl with a lid that is surmounted with a standing infant figure. .

Vase

This vase is made out of gold and enamel, and designed in a Venetian style. It stands on a pedestal…

The magnificent vase is made out of gold, jewels and enamel. The vase cover represents the United Kingdom, symbolized by the figures of Britannia, Scotia, and Hibernia. The edge of the vase are four heads that represent the four quarters of the globe. The body or center of the vase are relief images of the ancestors of the British nation. Right below are figures of England's renowned warriors, poets and men of science. At the very bottom are the figures of Truth, Prudence, Industry and Fortitude.

Magnificent Vase

The magnificent vase is made out of gold, jewels and enamel. The vase cover represents the United Kingdom,…

Men are breaking up the rocks with water so they can get to the silver or gold among the rocks.

Washing

Men are breaking up the rocks with water so they can get to the silver or gold among the rocks.