Someone emailed me this video about loafs of bead and other food being bought directly with the gold procured that same day. A loaf of bread ends up costing 0.1 grams of gold, which would be about 5 UsD. Given that the gold isn’t pure and just panned from the river it could be less than that.
The video from Zimbabwe is a few years old but still goes to show the value given to gold in modern times. Keep in mind that the Zimbabwe dollar is worthless, as the video shows just good for using it as an envelope to keep the precious gold.