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Gold – symbol of power and wealth

From the collections of the Moravian Museum

November 2, 2012 - November 18, 2012

Gold fascinated the mankind since time immemorial. It represented power and wealth and placed its owners high above other people. Since prehistoric times this beautiful and rare metal was destined for jewels, later it war used for minting, and today it is an integral part of all modern technologies entering vigorously in our life.  Maybe that´s why gold never had such a value in the past as it has today. Its extraction has been growing and hundred million tons of gold-bearing ores have been processed all over the world; however, gold itself cannot be seen in them with the naked eye. Only in some places gold appears in beautiful specimens that can become the pride of museum collections.

The exhibition presents gold as symbol of value, wealth and power in the course of the history of mankind. Gold will be shown as raw material and its products (means of payment - coins, medals, jewels, decorations, etc.)

The exhibition presents gold as symbol of value, wealth and power in the course of the history of mankind. Gold will be shown as raw material and its products (means of payment - coins, medals, jewels, decorations, etc.)

The highlight of the exhibition are gold coins and medals from various historical periods from the 7th century BC to the 20th century, complemented with jewels and adornments from the Early Bronze Period (the oldest gold from our territory), rich grave goods of a nobleman from the Migration Period and grave goods and examples of gold processing in Great Moravia. Specimens of pure gold from European sites as well as true nuggets from North America and Australia that have always excited each true gold-digger or at least reader of adventure literature will be part of the exhibition. 

The Moravian Museum will put on display its most precious gold exhibits kept in the collections of the department of numismatics, mineralogy and petrography and those of the Archaeological Institute. The visitors will thus have a unique opportunity to see very rare and exceptional items that are not currently on display.  Many of them will be exhibited for the very first time. 

Photos from the exhibition

 
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