Gold (Treasure)

Why is gold considered so valuable. It is not the rarest metal, it is not the most useful, so why the worship of this yellow metal.

Gold is not the rarest metal, but it's quite hard to find and extract in large quantities with pre-industrial technology. Its principal characteristics of being highly corrosion-resistant and easily worked made it highly desirable (and still do) for decorative purposes, and even more so industrially, e.g. where you need high quality electrical connectors.

Mainly ancient tradition. It is fairly easy to process and as far as ancient people were concerned it was indestructible it does not tarnish like silver or copper. It does not dissolve in normal acids and solvents. It is pretty and if you alloy it with other metals it can have a variety of colours. Ancient people used it as a form of exchange as people desired it and if you put it in a damp cupboard it would still be unchanged when you came to use it. Gold has retained its value because it is still rare and people like to adorn them selves with it.

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