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The bullion investment market is only one small aspect of gold's fascinating character and history.
Gold prices fell sharply against a surging Dollar in London on Tuesday, retreating 1.5% from yesterday's 3-month highs as the US currency jumped after weak European inflation data were followed by strong US housing numbers.
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