NPR subscribe to Planet Money podcast NPR One Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Pocket Casts Spotify RSS link Currency Video: Why Gold? Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email November 10, 201111:06 AM ET For thousands of years, people used gold as money. But why gold? Why not some other element? We tracked down an expert to find out. For more on gold, money and the periodic table, see our story "Why Gold? A Chemist Explains." This is the second in our series of video collaborations with Slate. Watch the first video, What Is GDP? gold Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 Listen · 15:32 15:32 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/742527070/742548871" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Up First NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes.