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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 4, January 23, 2005, Article 6

GOLD! MANY FORMS ON EXHIBIT IN HOUSTON

Dick Johnson writes: "Houston Texas, which has never been
shy in displaying its collective wealth, has come out and just
built an exhibit in gold, of gold, and for gold. It touches
numismatics in many ways. "See hoards of gold bullion and
coins from around the world" to quote the pre-exhibition
publicity. You can also see a Nobel Medal in the noble metal,
as well as the "alluring splendor of the finest gold specimens
on earth."

Everything in the exhibit is precious metal, from a 25-pound
brick, like whatís in Fort Knox, to an Indian wedding dress!
You can touch the gold brick (unless you have aurophobia);
you canít touch the wedding dress (even if you have
auromania). But the stars of the show are some of the largest
gold nuggets in existence. These wonders of natureís cauldron
appear in their original formation, often in artistic shapes.

Perhaps the nuggets inspired the title of the exhibit "Gold!
Natural Treasure, Cultural Obsession." The exhibit in all its
golden glory is on display at the Houston Museum of Natural
Science. It opens February 18th and runs through August 7th.
(Can you imagine what security for that length of time will
cost?)

Since gold bars are now listed in the Red Book, ANA
bourse cases are now filled with the yellow metal of every
kind at every convention, and Krause publications reports
more on gold, it seems, than on coins and medals, apparently
gold has now become integral rather than an adjunct to
numismatics. Well now that gold attraction you may harbor
can now be satisfied by viewing this exhibit, both the
numismatic items and the wedding dress.

Also attendees can view the 1999 IMAX film "Gold Fever!"
in the Museumís Wortham IMAX Theater. The Canadian
film relates the adventures of a modern day prospector's
wilderness journey, contrasted with the historical Klondike
Gold Rush of 1897-98. Plus an exciting African Royal
Durba gold celebration. And something from India and
something else from Asia.

Apparently this gold obsession is universal and man has
made a lot of golden objects throughout recorded time.
"Dots a lota culture!"

The museumís pre-publicity: hmns.org/

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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