Gold: The Story of Man's 6000 Year Obsession | Part I

In episode 1 Grant Williams looks at gold’s role throughout the history of mankind. We will find out how and why gold became money and trace its path through the rise and fall of empires and civilizations

Grant Williams presents the definitive analysis of gold, in a brand new two-part Real Vision documentary featuring an incredible collection of experts and market analysts.Grant travels around the world to try and understand why gold became money and how it has outlasted every alternative currency for thousands of years.


In Episode One, Grant charts the history of the yellow metal, and shows us why gold has retained its unique place at the center of the global financial system for six thousand years. In Episode Two Grant examines how gold is bought and sold around the world, explains the difference between ‘the gold price’ and ‘the price of gold,’ and explores some of the legends that surround the yellow metal.


Grant also weighs up the possibility of the world returning to a gold standard and addresses the all-important accusations of manipulation that surround the subject of man’s 6000-year obsession.


In episode 1 Grant Williams looks at gold’s role throughout the history of mankind. We will find out how and why gold became money and trace its path through the rise and fall of empires and civilizations.


Grant will explain how gold has held its purchasing power like no other asset for millennia and examine the gold standard to discover why years of countries running up debts that could never be paid back have made it imperative that the money you have in your wallet no longer be backed by the precious metal.


Grant then heads to the Swiss Alps to take you on a never-before filmed tour of the world’s biggest private gold vault - one of the most secretive places on earth, as we show you the lengths man will go to in order to protect this most precious of metals.


Finally, Grant will trace the path gold takes from the moment a stake is pushed into the ground to the moment refined, molten gold is poured and cast into bars and coins - journeying deep underground to see how gold is mined, and into one of the world’s biggest refineries to witness the process that turns it from a few flecks in tonnes of rock to jewellery


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