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…

A crown, made of gold.

Corona navalis

A crown, made of gold.

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,…

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

Gold and crystal sceptres from Mycanæ.

Mycanæ:n sceptres

Gold and crystal sceptres from Mycanæ.

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

Gold Shield

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

"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." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Sluice

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

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 archæology, 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."—(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." — 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."—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.

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." Matthew 2:11 KJV

Wise Men of the East Presenting Their Gifts

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down,…

"And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:11 ASV

<p>The illustration depicts three magi or wise men offering gifts to the Christ child held on Mary's lap. The setting is a stable with two oxen in the background.

Adoration of the Wise Men

"And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped…