Is alchemy, i.e. to create gold from other inexpensive materials, proven to be impossible or is it just so hard that it hasn't been possible to do it yet. I have close to none knowledge in chemistry so this might be a stupid question.. In many countries the monetary system is based on a stock of gol isn't it? And your 100 bil represents a very small portion of this gold. If one day it was possible to create gold from mixing iron and saffron, all money would be worthless in a way. right?