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Rescuers tend to a mine worker, in striped top, after he was pulled from an illegal gold mine Sunday in Benoni, outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of his colleagues remain below ground for fear of being arrested. Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brandi and Kaylee plan to open a truck repair shop when they graduate from high school. Robert Smith/NPR hide caption

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Boom Town, U.S.A.

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This is what our coin looked like — only it wasn't this big in real life. U.S. Mint hide caption

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The Tuesday Podcast: We Sold Gold

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Why We Left The Gold Standard

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The Friday Podcast: Gold Standard, R.I.P.

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"Sex, mathematics, music, gold — all these things are universal." - Jim Grant David Kestenbaum/NPR hide caption

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A 'Wingnut Argument' For The Gold Standard

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Now send it across the ocean on a tiny raft. courtesy Scott Fitzpatrick hide caption

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The Friday Podcast: A Giant Stone Coin At The Bottom Of The Sea

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The Island Of Stone Money

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A Chemist Explains Why Gold Beat Out Lithium, Osmium, Einsteinium ...

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