Cibola: The Seven Cities of Gold and Coronado in the 16th Century

The expedition bankrupted Coronado, who had been so certain of the reports that he had funded it himself. By Dr. Joshua J. MarkProfessor of PhilosophyMarist College Introduction The Seven Cities of Cibola are the mythical lands of gold that the Spanish of the 16th century believed existed somewhere in the southwest of North America, comparable to the better-known mythical city of El[…]

A Medieval Goldsmith in His Shop

Petrus Christus’ artistic concerns are typical of painters of his time in the 15th century. By Christine Zappella PapanastassiouPhD Candidate, Renaissance and Baroque ArtThe University of Chicago Out Shopping Like many Northern Renaissance paintings, Petrus Christus’ Goldsmith in his Shop reveals its complexities to the viewer over time. At first, one sees a group of three people[…]

Aurei: Gold Coins in the Economy of Ancient Rome

The purity of the aureus and changing values of other currency significantly affected the empire’s economy. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate The aureus (pl. aurei, ‘golden’, used as a noun) was a gold coin of ancient Rome originally valued at 25 pure silver denarii. The aureus was regularly issued from the 1st century BC to the beginning of the 4th century AD, when it[…]

Nebu: Gold in Ancient Egypt

Ancient texts report the vast quantities of statuary of gold, silver, bronze, and other metals. By Deborah SchorschConservatorMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York Egypt is a land rich in gold, and ancient miners employing traditional methods were thorough in their exploitation of economically feasible sources. In addition to the resources of the Eastern Desert, Egypt[…]