Spot gold prices turned higher, reversing earlier losses in late trade on Friday in New York after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said a group within the country's military has attempted to overthrow the government.
Spot gold was up 0.21 percent at $1,337.45 per ounce, moving off intraday lows of $1,322.
U.S. gold futures were down 0.36 percent at $1,337.70.
"Gold has been frog-marched $10 higher over the last hour when it became apparent that there has been an attempted coup in Turkey," said Tai Wong, director of base and precious metals trading for BMO Capital Markets in New York.
"Gold hasn't been a very good geopolitical hedge in recent years, though sentiment may have changed especially if it suggests instability in other governments in the region."