Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

U.S. Bullion Depository (Gold Vault)

  1. Question: Is there any gold in the Gold Depository?

    Answer: According to US Treasury information there is approximately 147.3 million ounces of gold stored at Fort Knox. The value of gold fluctuates daily as the price of the world's gold bullion changes. Currently the value of the gold in the vault is approximately $7 trillion dollars. There are other things beside gold stored at Fort Knox. During World War II, the Gold Vault protected the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Also three volumes of the Gutenberg Bible, original copies of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, also large quantities of industrial diamonds and other substances are stored at the Vault.

  2. Question: When was the Gold Vault built?

    Answer: The Gold Vault was built in 1935 to protect the Nation's gold during a time of growing world turmoil. Fort Knox, a small Army post then, was chosen for two reasons - its location behind the mountains (less vulnerable to air attack) and its military support. Although not located on Fort Knox, the vault sits on Treasury Department land adjacent to the post. The gold was transported to the vault in early 1936. The local gold train schedules were printed in the local papers and people came down to the station to watch the gold being unloaded from the trains. Local labor was used to load the gold from trucks into the vault.

  3. Question: Can you visit the Gold Vault?

    Answer: The Gold Vault is NOT open to the public. Only employees and Treasury Department Officials can visit the Vault. Since 9/11 there are no photographs allowed of the Vault as it is considered current security. On September 23, 1974, government officials opened the vault to about 100 reporters and 12 Congressmen. This open house was held to dispel persistent rumors that the vaults were empty. Currently it takes a Presidential order to allow anyone to see the inside of the Vault.

  4. Question: Has anyone ever broken into the Gold Vault?

    Answer: Contrary to popular belief there has never been any attempts at a robbery. The greatest barrier to any would-be thief is the weight of the gold, the tonnage would require more time and manpower than anything short of an invading army could muster. Even Eric Von Goldfinger didn't want to steal the gold, he wanted to make it radioactive so his gold would be worth more.

  5. Question: Where else in America is gold stored?

    Answer: Although Fort Knox holds the largest amount of the Nation's gold supply, there is gold also stored at the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, in West Point N.Y., and at the Denver, Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints.

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