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In Karl Marx "Das Kapital", in Ch I.1 we find this quote

"Jacob questions whether gold has ever been paid for at its full value."

Is Jacob Vanderlint? Where in his book “Money Answers all Things” is that claim about gold's value?

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    $\begingroup$ I am just guessing based on some Googling, but William Jacob's An Historical Inquiry Into the Production, and Consumption of the Precious Metals seems more likely. I don't have the line corresponding to the quote however. $\endgroup$ – Giskard Dec 6 '19 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Giskard Well googled!!! Vol. II, p. 101. Could you please write it as an answer so I can accept it? $\endgroup$ – tatojo Dec 7 '19 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ You found the page, credit goes to you: please type in all the info in our comments as an answer, and then you can accept it. $\endgroup$ – Giskard Dec 7 '19 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Giskard Sorry, credit goes to you, you answer to the question Who is Jacob?, William Jacob, and found the place where he said that. $\endgroup$ – tatojo Dec 7 '19 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ Very well, I have posted an answer. $\endgroup$ – Giskard Dec 7 '19 at 19:11
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As we discussed in the comments, in William Jacob's An Historical Inquiry Into the Production, and Consumption of the Precious Metals, on page 101 it says

It is probable that in all ages those metals have cost more in their production than their value ever repaid.

This is the likely source of the quote.

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