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Gold

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Name : Gold1

A metallic element, gold was considered to be very valuable in many cultures, including 20th century Earth.2 Fort Knox in the US was widely known on the planet as a storage location for over fifty metric tons of Gold, valued at over nine trillion U.S. dollars. When the new world economy took shape in the late twenty second century the Gold became valueless and Fort Knox was turned into a museum. In 2365 some Ferengi attempted to steal the Gold from Fort Knox, though the attempt failed.3

Whilst Gold became worthless on Earth in the late 2100s, in 2266 it still retained some value amongst Humans on other Federation worlds, though Latinum crystals were worth thousands of times as much as the equivalent weight of Gold.4 The planet Janus IV was a major source of Gold once the miners were able to access it thanks to the assistance of the Hortas living on the planet.1

By the year 2364 the Ferengi still considered Gold to be valuable.5 In 2366 Daimon Goss offered a quantity of Gold to the Barzan as part of his bid to gain control of their wormhole.6 However, by 2374 Gold had lost all value with the Ferengi and was considered worthless.7 It still found use, however, as the Ferengi took to using Gold to suspend the highly valuable liquid latinum. Such 'Gold-pressed Latinum' was a standard currency amongst the Ferengi, as well as being widely used by other cultures.7


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References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 TOS 1 The Devil in the Dark
2 DS9 4 Little Green Men
3 VOY 5 Dark Frontier, Part 1
4 TOS 1 Mudd's Women
5 TNG 1 The Last Outpost
6 TNG 3 The Price
7 DS9 6 Who Mourns for Morn?
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 6)
Episode : The Devil in the Dark
Series : DS9 Season 4 (Disc 2)
Episode : Little Green Men
Series : VOY Season 5 (Disc 4)
Episode : Dark Frontier, Part 1
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 2)
Episode : Mudd's Women
Series : TNG Season 1 (Disc 2)
Episode : The Last Outpost
Series : TNG Season 3 (Disc 2)
Episode : The Price
Series : DS9 Season 6 (Disc 3)
Episode : Who Mourns for Morn?


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