Daily gold and silver price history
1968 to present
Our Daily Gold and Silver Price History pages are among the heaviest traffic pages at the USAGOLD website. The archived data is licensed from the ICE Benchmark Administration and the London Bullion Market Association and Netdania Creations and run from 1968 to present. FOREX prices for the day are posted as a live feed and then frozen at the end of each trading day. These pages are frequented by data gatherers of all descriptions from professors and their students to market professionals and investors – all interested in gold’s price performance both over the long run and within specific time constraints for their own research purposes.
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Charles DeGaulle’s ‘Criterion’ speech
Given the increasing frequency and severity of international currency imbroglios and one emerging nation state after another falling into monetary disrepair, it is not difficult to visualize more and more of these states looking to gold as a matter of national defense. One recalls Charles DeGaulle’s famous criterion speech on gold in this context. Though such a holding would not cure internal problems derived from excessive debt and the debasement of their own currencies, it would offer something of a shield for all nation states against the devaluation/revaluation policies of other nation states, just as it does for private investors who take the same course of action.
February 4, 1965
What you need to know before you buy
your first ounce of gold
Some initial guidelines from one of America’s top gold experts
If you are new to the concept of gold ownership, you might be looking for a little guidance. We, at USAGOLD, have been in the gold business for a good many years and the one thing that stands out to us in working with so many over the years is how often investors, for one reason or another, get off to a bad start.
That is why we developed a question and answer page many years ago that delves into the subject of GETTING OFF TO THE RIGHT START. We update it regularly as things can change rapidly in the gold and silver markets. The page is linked above and we recommend that newcomers spend the few minutes it takes to get through it. . . .
This page receives considerably high-ranking from Google on a number of important searches and we like to think it’s because of the cause it serves – providing some positive direction to investors trying to get off to a solid start in their pursuit of gold ownership.
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A chronology of panics, mania, crashes and collapses
–– 400 BC to present ––
Those who think it can’t happen here, or that this time around it’s different, should take note of the number of black swan events in American history alone. The record is formidable. Gold ownership is traditionally a form of battening down the hatches against these recurring storms and, for the minority who adhere to it, an effective and ever-ready defense. Nialls Ferguson, the economic philosopher, summed up what a good many were thinking in the wake of the 2008 meltdown when he said, “Those few goldbugs who always doubted the soundness of fiat money — paper currency without a metal anchor — have in large measure been vindicated. But why were the rest of us so blinded by money illusion?” Why indeed. . .
Alan Greenspan’s long-time advocacy of gold
As most of you already know, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan is a long-time advocate of private gold ownership as well as the gold standard. Some see his chairmanship of the Fed and gold advocacy as contradictory, but in fact, Greenspan always saw the two as complementary. Here is a very interesting quote taken from an interview in the World Gold Council’s Gold Investor magazine in February, 2017:
“When I was Chair of the Federal Reserve I used to testify before US Congressman Ron Paul, who was a very strong advocate of gold. We had some interesting discussions. I told him that US monetary policy tried to follow signals that a gold standard would have created. That is sound monetary policy even with a fiat currency. In that regard, I told him that even if we had gone back to the gold standard, policy would not have changed all that much.”
Many years ago, we catalogued those exchanges between then Texas congressman Paul and Greenspan here at USAGOLD. I was among the small group at the time who appreciated the dialogue as friendly intellectual exchanges between two heavyweights and not as a contentious debate between adversaries. In the preface to the transcripts written several years ago, I pointed out that both seemed to enjoy and relish the exchanges. It is interesting that Greenspan would reference the banter between the two in such a telling way so many years later.
Here is an excerpt from that preface:
In putting this page together, I was struck with Dr. Paul’s ability to cut through the political gamesmanship that necessarily comes with being chairman of the Fed to Alan Greenspan, the man and political/economic philosopher. What emerges is a powerful figure conflicted between the practical manager charged with operating within the current fiat monetary system and the philosopher-academic with a “nostalgia,” as he puts it, for the days of the gold standard. Without Dr. Paul’s incisive questioning, I doubt that this aspect of the Greenspan character would have found its way to the public venue and the historical record. Though the relationship appears adversarial at first blush, one also detects a certain amount of mutual respect and interest. Says Dr. Paul of the exchanges: “My questions are always on the same subject. If I don’t bring up the issue of hard money vs. fiat money, Greenspan himself does.”
Here is a final anecdote from that same preface I have always appreciated:
In closing, I would like to pass along an anecdote reported by SmartMoney’s Donald Luskin in a 2002 interview of Ron Paul. Paul told Luskin the story of his owning an original copy of Gold and Economic Freedom, and asking Greenspan to sign it. While doing so, Paul asked him if he still believed what he wrote in that essay some 40 years ago. That tract, written during Greenspan’s days as a devotee of Ayn Rand, is a strongly worded, no-holds-barred attack on fiat money and the central banks as an engine of the welfare state. It also endorses the gold standard as a deterrent to politicians’ penchant for running deficits and printing money. Greenspan – enigmatic as ever – responded that he “wouldn’t change a single word.”
Upon leaving the Fed, Greenspan has spoken as a private citizen on a few occasions about gold as an investment. In 2014 at a conference sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Financial Times’ Gillian Tett asked him: “Do you think that gold is currently a good investment?” He replied, “Yes. Remember what we’re looking at. Gold is a currency. It is still, by all evidence, a premier currency. No fiat currency, including the dollar, can match it.”
–– Michael J. Kosares, USAGOLD
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King Ibn Saud’s 35,000 British sovereign gold coins
“In August, 2018 those same sovereigns would bring a little less than $10 million at melt value ($282.50 each/$1200 per ounce gold price) and a barrel of oil is selling for about $75. Thus, a British sovereign today can buy less than four barrels of oil — a statistic that gives you an inkling of gold’s current under-valuation. For gold to buy the same amount of oil now that it did in 1933, the metal would have to go to $3186 per ounce.”