Whether you're a gold bear or gold bull, Ben Bernanke or Ron Paul, there is no questioning the unique role that gold has played in human history.
From what are now Israeli hills during the Copper Age to the Varna Necropolis in the 4th millennium, from the Egyptian pharaohs to the Spanish conquistadors, the allure of gold – its powerful affect on us – has been consistent and unmistakable.
The Aztecs called gold "the sweat of the sun."
And the Egyptians: "the breath of god."
To display his imperial glory, Napoleon gilded Paris in gold. Hitler sought to control all of Europe's gold as support for his "1000-year Reich."
Anthony Halley is an assistant editor at MINING.com. Before arriving at InfoMine, Anthony worked as a policy analyst at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD. He holds an MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.