Since we first brought you news of the installation of the world's first permanent gold-dispensing ATM in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the company behind the innovation has rolled out the machines throughout the United Arab Emirates and Germany, and broke into Italy and the U.S. Luxurious venues chosen for the Gold-to-go machines have so far included the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas and the 124th floor of Dubai's Burj Khalifa. For London, though, the new home for the UK's first vending machine is ... a shopping center.
Ex Oriente Lux AG and London partner Zen Gold have chosen the Westfield Shopping Centre in London as the home for the UK's first gold-issuing ATM. Users will be able to order up various sizes and values of gold bars and coins, with a LAN-based secure network internet link to Gold-Super-Markt updating prices every 10 minutes. A special 2.5 gram (0.9 ounce) gold bar been also been produced as a souvenir of the launch, with the London skyline engraved on its back.
All 24-karat gold dispensed from the suitably-gold-colored Gold-to-go ATM comes in a gift box and carries a money-back guarantee. Selections are made on a 19-inch touchscreen display with reinforced glass, payment can be made by credit card or cash, and the internal computer is connected to a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system to help guard against power fluctuations.