This morning, boxes of gold leaf were delivered to the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building and officially presented to Governor John Hickenlooper. The gold, which was donated by Anglogold Ashanti/Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Company, will be used on the dome, which is currently undergoing renovations (find the whole story in the May 23, 2013 Westword cover story, "Coolfax."
Mined in Cripple Creek, the gold was sent to Florence, Italy, where the leaf was manufactured by Giusto Manetti Battiloro S.p.A. At about 65 ounces, the gold is valued at $116,175.00. Anglogold also presented the Governor with one ten-ounce ingot.
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An armored Brinks Truck delivered to gold leaf to the west steps of the State House, Tuesday, June, 18.
Heavily guarded, the crates of gold flake are slowly unloaded from the truck to be presented to Gov. Hickenlooper.
"The donation of gold from CC&V has been mined by employees dedicated to safety and environmental stewardship," Ray Dubois, vice president of CC&V said in a statement. "They all take pride in knowing they played a significant role in the restoration of the capitol dome."
Handed off one after the other, the crates of gold flake are brought up the west steps by employees of CC&V.
Hickenlooper addresses the crowd after the gold leaf is delivered.
These crates, weighing 70 pounds each, are filled to the brim with gold flake.
Gov. Hickenlooper signs the receipt for the gold, hoping he personally does not have to pay for it.
Gov. Hickenlooper takes a closer look at the books of gold flake.
The leaf is to be applied to copper base plates and ultimately put on the dome. It is estimated by project managers that it will take 140,000 sheets of the gold leaf to cover the dome. The leftover gold will be kept by the State for future repair.
Testing his strength, Gov. Hickenlooper hoists one of the 70 pound crates that are filled with gold leaf.
Gov. Hickenlooper is presented the 10oz. 24K Colorado Gold ingot, should any of the gold flake need replacement or repair.
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A spool of the gold flake is unwound for those in attendance to examine.