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A precious metal is a rare, naturally occurring metallic chemical element of high economic value, which is not radioactive (excluding natural polonium, radium, actinium and protactinium). Chemically, the precious metals are less reactive than most elements, have high lustre, are softer or more ductile, and have higher melting points than other metals. Historically, precious metals were important as currency, but are now regarded mainly as investment and industrial commodities. Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium each have an ISO 4217 currency code.

The best-known precious metals are the coinage metals gold and silver. While both have industrial uses, they are better known for their uses in art, jewelry and coinage. Other precious metals include the platinum group metals: ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum, of which platinum is the most widely traded.

  • 2014 -- $1237.50 as of Friday 1/3/2014
  • 2013 -- Spot gold prices started 2013 at $1,675 an ounce, ending at $1,206
  • 2012 -- $1,664.00
Year Close   High Year

Close

  Year

Close

2011 $1715.00 1889

1968

$43.50

 

1876

$22.30

2010 $1,263.70

 

1967

$35.50

1875

$23.54

2009 $1010.00

1966

$35.40

1874

$23.09

2008 $869.75

1965

$35.50

1873

$22.74

2007 $836.50

1964

$35.35

1872

$23.19

2006

$635.70

1963

$35.25

1871

$22.59

2005 $513.00

1962

$35.35

1870

$22.88

2004 $435.60

1961

$35.50

1869

$25.11

2003 $417.25

1960

$36.50

1868

$27.95

2002 $342.75

1959

$35.25

1867

$27.86

2001 $276.50

1958

$35.25

1866

$28.26

2000 $272.65

1957

$35.25

1865

$30.22

1999

$290.25

1956

$35.20

1864

$47.02

1998

$288.70

1955

$35.15

1863

$31.23

1997

$287.05

1954

$35.25

1862

$27.35

1996

$369.00

1953

$35.50

1861

$20.67

1995

$387.00

1952

$38.70

1860

$20.67

1994

$383.25

1951

$40.00

1859

$20.67

1993

$391.75

1950

$40.25

1858

$20.67

1992

$333.00

1949

$40.50

1857

$20.71

1991

$353.15

1948

$42.00

1856

$20.67

1990

$386.20

1947

$43.00

1855

$20.67

1989

$401.00

1946

$38.25

1854

$20.67

1988

$410.15

1945

$37.25

1853

$20.67

1987

$486.50

1944

$36.25

1842

$20.69

1986

$390.90

1943

$36.50

1841

$20.67

1985

$327.00

1942

$35.50

1840

$20.73

1984 $308.00

1941

$35.50

1837

$21.60

1983

$380.00

1940

$34.50

1836

$20.69

1982

$447.00

1939

$35.00

1835

$20.69

1981

$400.00

1938

$35.00

1834

$20.69

1980

$594.90

1937

$35.00

1833 [2]

$19.39

1979

$459.00

1936

$35.00

1832

$19.39

1978

$208.10

1935

$35.00

1831

$19.39

1977

$161.10

1934

$35.00

1830

$19.39

1976

$133.77

1933

$32.32

1829

$19.39

1975

$139.29

1932 [1]

$20.67

1828

$19.39

1974

$183.77

1931

$20.67

1827

$19.39

1973

$106.48

1930

$20.67

1826

$19.39

1972

$63.84

1879

$20.67

1825

$19.39

1971

$44.60

1878

$20.69

1824

$19.39

1970

$38.90

1877

$21.25

1823

$19.39

1969

$41.00

   

1792

$19.39

[1] From 1879 to 1932 Gold prices were $20.67
[2] From 1792 to 1833 Gold prices were $19.39

* In January 1980 gold hit a record 850 US dollars an ounce.

[3] Facts about Gold
[4] History of Platinum

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