The discovery of gold cannot be attributed to just one person or one civilization because it is found in all corners of the globe. Historians have found evidence that suggests that gold has been used since 2600 B.C.
Egypt and Syria are believed to be just a few of the places where gold surfaced first. It was not until 1500 B.C. that gold was used as a type of currency for international trade. Nearly 300 years later, Egyptians learned how to mix gold with other metals to form alloys. The Greeks and Romans were interested in gold for its monetary value and used it to help pay for their wars.