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World’s largest gold vault in New York stores 6,000+ tons of gold 80 feet below street level

It contains five percent of all gold ever mined globally
  • The largest gold vault in the world lies 80 feet below the surface of the Federal Reserve bank in NYC
  • It contains 507,000 gold bars, weighing over 6,000 tons
  • Only 2 percent of the gold actually belongs to the US

Published on Apr 30, 2024 at 7:32PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on May 2, 2024 at 6:52PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones
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This is the world’s largest gold vault, ‘buried’ deep below the ground under the Federal Reserve building in New York City.

What you’re looking at here is around five percent of all gold ever mined globally.

And it’s all in one place.

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Located 80 feet (24 m) below street level, the gold vault houses 507,000 bars of solid gold, weighing 6,331 metric tons in total, according to the latest report shared by the Federal Reserve.

Each gold bar weighs 28 pounds – or 13 kg.

You can definitely make a lot of gold souvenir banknotes with that.

Most of the gold inside the vault, roughly 98 percent, is not actually property of the United States.

Instead, it belongs to the central banks of 36 foreign countries.

The location is public knowledge, but the vault is extremely secure.

It rests on Manhattan’s bedrock, below the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Building at 33 Liberty Street.

The vault is protected by layers upon layers of steel and concrete, and there’s only one entry, a 90-ton steel cylinder.

The nearest NYC Subway tunnel is 100 feet (30 m) away and 30 feet (9.1 m) above, and the vault is equipped with all kinds of sensors and cameras.

So far, there has never been a successful break-in attempt, and we’re not surprised.

Ironically, parts of the vault are included in a guided tour with (fake) gold bars on display.

The building is a city landmark, and it’s also part of the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

So no, the guy who once bought an entire skyscraper using a credit card won’t be able to get his hands on this.

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