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Gold Rhinoceros, Mapungubwe
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Gold Rhinoceros, Mapungubwe

A gold rhinoceros from a burial site at Mapungubwe, South Africa. 11-14th century CE. (University of Pretoria Museums, South Africa)
Neolithic Gold Bead
Image by Mark Cartwright

Neolithic Gold Bead

A gold bead from the dolmen d'Er Roh, La Trinite Sur Mer (France). 2200-2000 BCE. (Vannes Archaeological Museum, France)
Apollo, Macedonian Gold Stater
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Apollo, Macedonian Gold Stater

Macedonian Gold Stater, 359-336 BCE. O: Apollo, R: Charioteer. (Alpha Bank Numismatics Collection, Kerkyra, Corfu)
Roman Gold Hairnet
Image by Carole Raddato

Roman Gold Hairnet

Hairnet made of finely woven gold wires, 1st century CE (Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome)
Gold Ring from Mycenae
Image by Mark Cartwright

Gold Ring from Mycenae

A Mycenaean gold ring depicting a hunting scene. From Grave Circle A, Mycenae, 16th century BCE. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
Mycenaean Gold Cup
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Mycenaean Gold Cup

A gold Mycenaean cup with handles ending in dog's heads. 15th century BCE from Grave circle A, Mycenae. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
Mycenaean Engraved Gold Ring
Image by Mark Cartwright

Mycenaean Engraved Gold Ring

A gold ring from Mycenae, the largest such example. The engraved scene depicts lion-headed creatures in a religious procession carrying libation vases. On the left side is a seated goddess. 15th century BCE. (National Archaeological Museum...
Chimu Gold Rattle
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Chimu Gold Rattle

A Chimu gold rattle, 1100-1470 CE. The figure, with earspools and headdress, represents a member of the Chimu ruling class and was a common motif in Chimu art. (Art Institute of Chicago)
Mycenaean Gold Necklaces, Dendra
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Mycenaean Gold Necklaces, Dendra

A Mycenaean gold necklace from Dendra, 15-14th centuries BCE. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
Seekers of the Seven Cities of Gold
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Seekers of the Seven Cities of Gold

Artist's impression of how Coronado's expedition may have looked, titled "Seekers of the Seven Cities of Gold, Coronado in the Chiricahaus".