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And nearly everyone who found it was impressed with it, and so was the developing culture in which they lived.
Gold was the first metal widely known to our species.
Early civilizations equated gold with gods and rulers, and gold was sought in their name and dedicated to their glorification.
Humans almost intuitively place a high value on gold, equating it with power, beauty, and the cultural elite.
No doubt it was the first metal known to early hominids. Its brilliance, natural beauty, and luster, and its great malleability and resistance to tarnish made it enjoyable to work and play with.
Because gold is dispersed widely throughout the geologic world, its discovery occurred to many different groups in many different locales.
The first use of gold as money occurred around 700 B.
C., when Lydian merchants produced the first coins.
By the time of the death of Alexander of Macedon (323 B.
And this happened during a time when gold had no value as 'money,' but was just considered a desirable commodity in and of itself.
The 'value' of gold was accepted all over the world.
Gold gave rise to the concept of money itself: portable, private, and permanent.
Gold (and silver) in standardized coins came to replace barter arrangements, and made trade in the Classic period much easier. The Greeks mined for gold throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East regions by 550 B.