The sources of gold mining have been lost in the mists of history. How did people who could barely lift enough food to live on (assuming it didn’t start while we’re primitive hunters and gatherers), figure out those glistening streaks in some specific outcroppings of stone could be separated out of the stone and used to create beautiful things?
To me, that is more of a puzzle than farming, which has to have begun with the monitoring of seeds in character falling into the floor and starting plants.

But cave people need to have had a close connection with the earth and stones they had been living in. And no doubt did a certain amount of digging to expand caves and tunnels. Maybe that has been the start. Masbate Gold Project got interested in regards to the thickest part, throws off the stones then discovered that the glittering part may be split and functioned.
Gold was understood and believed valuable from the cultures around the Middle East, and in empires in North America (although we cannot understand how long it was in use then, only that gold was there for Spanish conquistadores to sneak by the 1600s) and Asia.
Gold is soft and malleable it can be hammered into extended cable and flattened into very thin sheets. It is mythological and emotionally connected to prosperity, power and power. Kings controlled the gold mines in these own areas. Often the working conditions were unbelievably difficult, and also the labor performed by slaves.
We all know gold goes back into a number of the earliest civilizations. It has been estimated that in Biblical times about 30,000 ounces were mined annually.
The first gold coins were created by Croesus of Lydia, which will be in western Turkey. Emperor Augustus first minted the gold aureus coins of the Roman Empire.
Masbate Gold Project boomed with new discoveries in Australia and California, the United States of America. That is when the significant nations of the world went to the gold standard (except China that remained on a silver standard). America really was on gold and silver before about 1900.