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Gold's London AM fix yesterday morning was USD 1,575.75, EUR 1,233.95, and GBP 998.76 per ounce.
Monday's AM fix was USD 1,590.25, EUR 1,245.20, and GBP 1,005.34 per ounce.

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Cross Currency Table - (Bloomberg)

Gold edged up $1.60 or 0.16% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,593.00/oz. Gold edged slightly higher in Asia, but has now fallen and continued this pattern in European trading where gold is now near $1,576/oz level, off about 1% from yesterday's close in New York. Gold is about 1% lower in most currencies but only 0.4% lower in Japanese yen after the Japanese downgrade.

Gold succumbed to profit taking after the nearly 5% surge of recent days, which saw gold rise from $1,527/oz to $1,599/oz yesterday.

Market watchers await the European Union summit with regard to the possibility of yet another new plan to solve the area's debt crisis. During an informal EU gathering, French President Francois Hollande was expected to push for mutualized European debt, an idea that Merkel has opposed.

Resistance is now at the $1,600/oz and support at $1,527/oz - the low from last Wednesday.

Today's data, 1400 eurozone consumer confidence for May, 1400 U.S. existing home sales and 1500 Bank of Japan's interest rate decision.

A panel of the Swiss parliament is discussing the introduction of the parallel 'Gold franc' currency.

Bloomberg has picked up on the news which was reported by Neue Luzerner Zeitung.

The Swiss parliament panel Tuesday planned to discuss a proposal aimed at introducing a new currency, or a so-called gold franc.

Under the proposal, which was to be debated in the lower house's economic panel in Bern, one coin in gold would be worth about 5 Swiss francs ($5.30), the Swiss newspaper reported. The Swiss franc would remain the official currency, the paper said.

The proposal may lead to a wider debate about the Swiss franc and the role gold might again play to protect the Swiss franc from currency debasement.

The initiative is part of the "Healthy Currency" campaign, which is being promoted by the country's biggest party - the conservative Swiss People's Party (SVP).


Gold Daily Chart - USD - (Bloomberg)

The party is reflecting Swiss people's concerns about the eurozone and global financial turmoil and the growing risk of inflation and seeking to reverse the government's current policy on gold - which is that the Swiss franc is a fiat currency, like all modern currencies and is not backed by gold but by the promises of politicians and bankers.

Buying gold bullion coins and bars and gold certificates requires professional advice in Switzerland and some other countries and banks are the largest providers. Even the smallest gold coins can cost a few hundred francs.

One of the new gold francs, on the other hand, with a gold content of 0.1 grams, could be purchased for just 5 francs (at current prices) and would mean that gold became more widely owned by ordinary people in Switzerland, and could even become a medium of exchange as is happening in Utah, Montana, Missouri, Colorado, Idaho, and Indiana in the U.S where gold has become legal tender again or is set to become legal tender again.

Source: Swiss Parliament Examines 'Gold Franc' Currency