Gold statistics

How much gold is kept in the Bank of England?

These data show the weight of gold we have in our custody on the last business day of each month. We publish the data with a minimum three-month lag.

Values are given in thousands of fine troy ounces. Fine troy ounces denote only the pure gold content of a bar.

Month

Fine troy ounces (thousands)

Change (%)

Jul 2015 157,475 -0.7%
Aug 2015 157,153 -0.2%
Sep 2015 156,486 -0.4%
Oct 2015 155,524 -0.6%
Nov 2015 154,629 -0.6%
Dec 2015 153,666 -0.6%
Jan 2016 153,322 -0.2%
Feb 2016 152,074 -0.8%
Mar 2016 150,873 -0.8%
Apr 2016 151,200 0.2%
May 2016 152,764 1.0%
Jun 2016 155,997 2.1%
Jul 2016 158,939 1.9%
Aug 2016 160,551 1.0%
Sep 2016 162,029 0.9%
Oct 2016 163,467 0.9%
Nov 2016 164,704 0.8%
Dec 2016 164,043 -0.4%
Jan 2017 163,496 -0.3%
Feb 2017 162,904 -0.4%
Mar 2017 163,358 0.3%
Apr 2017 164,737 0.8%
 May 2017 164,843  0.1% 
 Jun 2017  165,890 0.6% 
 Jul 2017 165,619  -0.2% 
 Aug 2017  166,006  0.2%

 

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We only accept bars which comply with London Bullion Market Association London Good Delivery (LGD) standards. LGD bars must meet a certain minimum fineness and weight. A typical gold bar weighs around 400 troy ounces (12.4kg).

Historic data on our gold custody holdings can be found in our Annual Report.

This page was last updated 30 November 2017
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