You would think that anyone in the gold industry would be getting rich right now, but informal miners in many countries are missing out.
You've heard of compulsory purchase orders for houses, but few realise it has sometimes happened with the world's favourite precious metal.
There's 33 times more gold in the average handset than in the equivalent amount of ore. Yet the vast majority is never recovered.
Long before COVID-19, central banks were lining their stores for winter.
Since the demise of the gold standard in the early 1970s, the precious metal has gone through four distinct phases.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the big G.