If you bought gold a few months or years ago, you’re probably feeling, well, golden. But over the long run, stocks have performed way better. How long? How much better?

To check the [very] long-term performance of various investments, the editors at Motley Fool compared  returns on a dollar invested in stocks, bonds, T-Bills, and gold, using the gold standard of investment books, Stocks for the Long Run, by Jeremy Siegel, the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. What wisdom did the Fools uncover?

“Not all glitters in the world of gold. In his seminal book, Stocks for the Long Run, professor Jeremy Siegel reveals what a dollar invested in various things would have grown to, from 1802 to 2006: stocks, $755,163; bonds, $1,083; Treasury bills, $301; and gold, $195. (Amounts have been adjusted for inflation.)”

Wait, before you run to the attic and thumb through your great-great-great grandfather’s brokerage statements, go here to get the “Fool” story.