Gold Standard

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Last week we featured the retro merry-go-round in the village of Sceaux, in outer Paris. While we were in France, we also saw the one above. It’s in the town of Troyes, about 150km southeast of Paris, in the central square facing the town hall (below).

We had hardly heard of Troyes before we went there – it’s not a particularly well known town. But the Troy weight system for measuring gold is thought to have originated there. Gold merchants operated in Troyes from about the 9th century.

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