Cashing In on the New Gold Rush

By Ben Steverman - 2012-11-12T22:53:07Z

Photograph by Eliot J. Schechter/Bloomberg

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Gold Vending Machines

For those who'd rather not deal with a bank teller, there's always a vending machine. Thomas Geissler, the founder of Gold to Go, says 47,000 people have bought gold bars, coins or trinkets from its "gold ATMs" in 40 locations worldwide. Many ATMs are near tourist attractions -- including, soon, Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. In Dubai, the ATM sells a 5-gram gold trinket with an image of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.