Gold prices firmed on Friday as the dollar continued to weaken, and helped put bullion on track for a second straight weekly rise amid cooling bets for a more aggressive Federal Reserve monetary policy.

Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,854.05 per ounce, by 0325 GMT.

U.S. gold futures were up 0.2% at $1,851.90.

For the week so far, bullion is up 0.4%. Gold this week has been supported by a moderation somewhat in market expectations from the Fed's monetary policy for next year, and most importantly the weaker U.S. dollar, said Ilya Spivak, a currency strategist at DailyFX.

There is price support at $1,830 on the downside and on the topside the next key level is around $1,885, Spivak added.

Minutes of the Fed's May 3-4 policy meeting released on Wednesday highlighted, as the market expected, that most participants favouring additional 50 basis point rate hikes at the June and July meetings.

Higher short-term U.S. interest rates and bond yields raise the opportunity cost of holding bullion, which yields nothing. The dollar index fell en route a second straight weekly decline, making bullion less expensive for buyers holding other currencies.

"We need a clearer signal that hard economic data is turning sour for the Fed to even think about a pause (in tightening)... hence gold investors are still reluctant to push the envelope significantly higher," said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.

"If the Fed signals a pause, then gold will move much higher, but until they do so, we could be range trading for a bit."

Spot silver dipped 0.2% to $21.95 per ounce, and has gained about 1.5% so far this week.

Platinum was nearly flat at $950.28. Palladium gained 0.1% to $2,015.96, and was set for a weekly gain of about 3%, its most since early April.

(Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)