Gold and Silver Coins

Since time immemorial the noble metal’s resplendent lustre allows it to be designed into the world’s most coveted and exquisite jewellery — fit for queens or kings. Today, most of the gold that is newly mined or recycled is used in the manufacture of jewellery. About 78% of the gold that’s available, as opposed to stored, each year is used for this purpose.

The symbol Au is from the Latin: aurum, the Latin word for "gold"
The word "silver" appears in Anglo-Saxon in various spellings, such as seolfor and siolfor
The chemical symbol Ag is from the Latin word for "silver", argentum