A heart of gold

Country Life Every Week - - Visual Treasures -

• Baird & Co has an an­nual clear-down to col­lect ev­ery last speck of gold dust that might have been missed. Last year, when car­pets and work­ers’ cloth­ing were col­lected and burned, £15,000 worth of bul­lion dust was found

• There are 186,000 tonnes of gold in the world—worth about $7.5 tril­lion (£5.73 tril­lion)

• Cur­rent world­wide gold pro­duc­tion amounts to 2,000 tonnes per year

• RAF pi­lots fly­ing over en­emy ter­ri­tory still wear belts con­tain­ing gold sov­er­eigns in case they’re brought down and need to barter for their free­dom

• As well as gold bul­lion and other pre­cious met­als, Baird & Co also han­dles be­spoke com­mis­sions, from solid-gold Cad­bury choco­late bars to a minia­ture model of Ca­nary Wharf made in plat­inum for a pri­vate client, val­ued at £300,000

• Gold re­mains the ul­ti­mate global cur­rency. Baird makes, sup­plies and stores bul­lion bars worth £500 to £50,000 each

• The com­pany also makes ster­lingsil­ver straws for one Lon­don pri­vate mem­bers’ club. Each is hall­marked and in­scribed with the name of its owner. When they come to the club bar, their straw is de­canted from its wooden box and served in a drink of their choice

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