Photos: The gold leaf for the Colorado State Capitol Building dome arrived today
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."
All photos by Philip Poston Governor Hickenlooper accepted the shipment of gold flake this morning on the west steps of the State House.
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.