Recommended Links and Reading

Here are links to some useful sites for information and analysis on gold. Because they are difficult to categorize, they are listed alphabetically with brief descriptions.

Bank for International Settlements: Central bank for central banks. Site includes links to nearly all central banks.

FAME: Organization dedicated to the promotion of gold-based money.

Freemarket Gold and Money Report: A newsletter oriented toward gold; written by an expert on gold and gold banking.

GATA (Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee): Seeking the truth about gold prices.

The Gold Companion: Encyclopedia of gold facts produced by Timothy Green, well-known author of various books on gold.

Gold-Eagle: Offers potpourri of gold analysis.

HardInvestor: Bon site pour amateurs d'or qui parlent français.

Kitco: Current and historical information on gold prices and gold lease rates.

Le Metropole Cafe: Commentary on gold and other financial markets.

London Bullion Market Association: Interesting statistical section, including data on monthly clearing volumes, prices, and lease and forward rates.

Miningweb:; Commentary on gold and gold mining, with emphasis on South African companies.

Robert A. Mundell: Professor of Economics, Columbia University; winner of 1999 Nobel Prize for Economics; friend of the gold standard and intellectual father of the Euro.

La Plata: Site of group led by Hugo Salinas Price advocating silver-backed currency for Mexico (mostly in Spanish).

PrudentBear: Provides excellent commentary on money and credit, as well as links to other useful sites and articles on these subjects.

Sharelynx: Offers an excellent collection of charts relating to gold and financial matters.

Tokyo Commodities Exchange: Statistics on gold trading in Japan.

USA Gold: Offers both quotes and commentary.

Veneroso Gold: Leading authority on gold; excellent papers on 1999 gold sales by the Bank of England.

World Gold Council: Leading trade organization for gold industry.

Zeal Research: Contains excellent commentary by Adam Hamilton on gold and related investment topics.


Reading List

Some good books on gold and gold money.

Giulio M. Gallarotti, The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime -- The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914 (Oxford Univ. Press,1995)

Ned Goodman et al., Investing in Gold (Key-Porter, 1992)

Arnold Hoffman, Free Gold: The Story of Canadian Mining (McGraw-Hill, 1982; originally published 1947)

Roy W. Jastram, The Golden Constant: The English and American Experience, 1560-1976 (Wiley, 1977)

Brian Kettell, Gold (Ballinger, 1982)

Ferdinand Lips, Gold Wars (FAME (, 2002)

Alberto Quadrio-Curzio, ed., The Gold Problem: Economic Perspectives (Oxford Univ. Press, 1982)

Judy Shelton, Money Meltdown (Free Press, 1994)

Robert Triffin, Gold and the Dollar Crisis (Yale Univ. Press, 1960, rev. ed., 1961)

Edwin Vieira, Jr., Pieces of Eight: The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the U. S. Constitution (Devin-Adair, 1983)

James P. Warburg, The Money Muddle (Knopf, 1934)

Andrew Dickson White, Fiat Money Inflation in France (orig. ed. 1876; Foundation for Economic Education, 1959)