Gold is the bedrock of all finance. It has been extracted and utilised for currency, ornamentation and jewelry for millennia. It has been held in convenient bar form, from rough smelted bars, to those of 100% purity, throughout that period. With its intrinsic value it has been traded extensively and in recent years various gold bars have been produced, both for large and small investors and those that wish to hold their wealth in other than paper currency. Gold is a safe haven in times of high inflation.
The different types of bar are described below.