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Entry from June 27, 2013
Aurophobia (fear of gold)

“Aurophobia” means the fear of gold. (The symbol of gold is “au” for aurum.) The term was almost never used until the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964), when it was reported in newspapers that Shirley Eaton—who was covered with gold paint in the film—had “aurophobia (aversion to gold).”
Libertarian economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) wrote “Aurophobia: or, free banking on what standard?” for the March 1992 edition of The Review of Austrian Economics.
Main Entry:  aurophobia
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a fear of gold
Etymology:  Latin aurum ‘gold’ 
Google News Archive
21 November 1964, The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan), “British beauty adverse to gold” by Bob Thomas, pg. 4, cols. 5-6:
British beauty Shirley Eaton was in town this week at the end of an American tour, and she wanted to go off the gold standard.
There is a reason for her aurophobia (aversion to gold). She is the shapely lass who comes to an untimely end in the latest James Bond caper, Goldfinger, by getting a villainous shellacking of gold paint.
Google Books
An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English

By Eric Partridge
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul
Pg. 874:
... auriferous, gold-bearing; aurophobia.
OCLC WorldCat record
Aurophobia: or, free banking on what standard?
Author: Murray N Rothbard
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: The Review of Austrian Economics, v6 n1 (199203): 97-108
Database: CrossRef
Google Books
Why Do Bad Things Happen to So-Called “Good” People
By Douglas C. Hoover
Xulon Press (xulonpress.com)
Pg. 80:
Aurophobia- Fear of gold.
Zero Hedge
In Gold We Trust - From Aurophobia To Valuation
Tyler Durden’s pictureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 06/27/2013 11:30 -0400
Via Pater Tenebrarum of Acting-Man blog,
We are happy to once again present the annual gold report by Ronald-Peter Stoeferle and his co-author Mark Valek. Although Ronald is no longer with Erste Group in Vienna (he is now a managing partner at Incrementum AG in Liechtenstein), he still writes the ‘In Gold We Trust’ report for Erste Group in his role as an external advisor. The version of the report that we are offering for download here is the extended Incrementum version, which inter alia contains a section on gold stocks and a number of elaborations on topics which are not as extensively discussed in the shorter version.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Thursday, June 27, 2013 • Permalink

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