Old gold is a dark yellow, which varies from light olive or olive brown to deep or strong yellow, generally on the darker side of this range.

Old gold
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#CFB53B
sRGBB (r, g, b)(207, 181, 59)
HSV (h, s, v)(49°, 71%, 81%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(74, 74, 72°)
Source[1]/Maerz and Paul[1]
ISCC–NBS descriptorStrong yellow
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The first recorded use of old gold as a color name in English was in the early 19th century (exact year uncertain).[2]

In cultureEdit



  • Old gold is used for some NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers. The reason for its use by the Saints is that New Orleans is an old city with the heritage and architecture of regal Europe.[citation needed] The reason for its use by the 49ers is the close identification of San Francisco (indeed the very choice of the mascot name) with the California Gold Rush of 1849.[citation needed]
  • The home shirts worn by English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. are traditionally old gold in color.
  • The primary colors of the University of Missouri Tigers, University of Iowa Hawkeyes, Purdue University Boilermakers, the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, and the DePauw University Tigers are old gold and black.
  • The primary colors of the West Virginia Mountaineers are old gold and blue.
  • The primary colors of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are old gold and white.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called "old gold" in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color "old gold" is displayed on page 51, Plate 14, Color Sample K5.
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul, A Dictionary of Color (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1930), page 200, Color Sample of Old Gold, Page 51, Plate 14, Color Sample K5

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