Field Museum Presents Exhibition that Reveals Art and Science Behind Prized Mineral: Gold

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CHICAGO, IL.- One of the rarest and most highly prized minerals in the world is on display in a dazzling, comprehensive exhibition at The Field Museum (October 22 – March 6, 2011). Gold, the exhibition, explores the historical fascination with this enduring symbol of wealth, beauty, and power. One of the most wide-ranging exhibitions ever on this valued mineral, Gold features a dramatic array of 560 extraordinary geological specimens and cherished objects from around the world – 57 natural specimens, 147 culture-based pieces, 329 coins, and 28 gold bars and ingots – and presents the intriguing scientific and societal story behind this cherished metal. In one gallery, visitors step into a 300-square-foot room completely covered in a mere three-ounce piece of gold flattened to exquisite thinness. Gold objects holding great significance to Chicagoans will also be on display including the White Sox championship