DENVER Gold mined in Colorado will be used to restore the gilding on the Colorado Capitols dome but not before a stop in Italy.
Sixty-five ounces of gold donated by AngloGold Ashanti and the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. was shipped to Florence late Monday. There it will transformed into sheets of gold leaf. The leaf will then be applied to a copper base plate.
An estimated 14,000 sheets of gold leaf will be needed to cover the dome. Installation is expected to start this summer.
State architect Larry Friedberg said the gold originally put on the dome more than a century ago was also mined in Colorado.
The companies donated a total of 75 ounces worth about $120,000. The other 10 ounces will be held in reserve.