Gold rose for a third straight session on Monday, as the dollar weakened before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on how to proceed with Greece's bailout programme.
Spot gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,233.60 an ounce by 1059 GMT, while U.S. gold for April delivery was up $6.10 at $1,233.20 an ounce.
Liquidity is seen thinning through the day due to a national holiday in the United States.
Spot gold posted its third weekly drop last week, undermined by bearish investor sentiment and prospects of higher U.S. interest rates.
"Gold recovered last Friday after disappointing U.S. data and it is relatively well supported, given the still ongoing risks in Greece," Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann said.
"Liquidity will be relatively low today in the absence of U.S. players and during the rest of the week, with Chinese players out of the market from Wednesday."
The dollar fell 0.3 percent against the euro and European stocks steadied as euro zone finance ministers, together with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, resume talks at 1400 GMT.
If the meeting produces no results, there are concerns that Greece will be headed for a credit crunch that would force it out of the euro zone.