Could be a find or a promotional piece. If it is brass I would not ruin my stylus trying to play it.
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As mentioned above, gold records signify an artist having sold 500,000 records. However, the gold record given to the artist(s) is almost *never* the album which earned the award. This is from Wikipedia:
" Most gold and platinum records are actually vinyl records which have been vacuum metallized and tinted, while trimmed and plated metal "masters", "mothers", or "stampers" (metal parts used for pressing records out of vinyl) were initially used. Rarely does the groove on the record match the actual recording being awarded..."