The history of gold trading would be incomplete without the Rothschilds; and the history of the Rothschilds would be very different without gold. Beginning in 1809 and spanning almost 200 years, the trading, mining and refining of gold have been important business activities for the Rothschild business houses.
This new Bullion microsite, created to celebrate the centenary of the Gold Fixing in September 2019, explores in greater detail some of these activities, and provides research resources for those interested in the study of this most precious commodity. Here researchers will find information about:
- the early bullion trading business of Nathan Mayer Rothschild, and his operations supplying gold to the British government, to pay for Wellington's troops, and the part played by Nathan in rescuing the Bank of England from the brink of disaster with large injections of gold in 1825;
- the business of the London house in gold mining;
- the work of the Royal Mint Refinery;
- the part played by N M Rothschild in the daily Gold Fixing from 1919 to 2004.
For the first time, a comprehensive list of the daily Gold Prices 1919-1968 is available to researchers on this microsite. The Rothschild Archive London is grateful for the support and advice of Dr Fergal O'Connor (Cork University Business School) in finding, compiling and presenting this data.
A Rothschild Research Forum account is required to access this site. Apply for membership of the Rothschild Research Forum here.