Tip of my virtual hat to Ex Oriente Lux, the (you guessed it) German manufacturer of gold vending machines. The first one was installed in Abu Dhabi a little while ago; the second just went into operation downtown London.
A radical new business model geared at impulse shoppers of which apparently there are many. The machine receives updated gold prices every few minutes which is fancy but not really necessary since the gold inventory inside was doubtlessly hedged before putting it in there.
Anti-Money Laundering? No problem – for larger purchases you simply swipe your passport. An exciting new solution to an overly mystified market.