There used to be a refreshing and informative thread "Physical Gold" started by praetorian2. Unfortunately, I am not 100% sure of the details, since the thread vanished without a trace. I have been doing some thinking as to who or what could motivate the responsible party to erase such a thread, and I really don't know, to be honest, I don't even care. But 1. The topic of planning for the dollar's downfall has begun to interest me more and more, and 2. I always like to experiment, so let's try and see how long this thread survives. Maybe that way we can even get a clue as to who is censoring this kind of information and why. Now, the question I am currently trying to resolve is which gold coins would be most suitable for a scenario where even the majority of Americans will realize the dollar is not a trustworthy currency. If an egg costs $1,000,000,000 in the morning and $2,400,000,000 in the evening, even the average joe will find a better use for his paper than to carry it around in the hope that it might not be worthless the next day. Now, somebody said on the forbidden thread that Krugerrands are the most recognized coins. However, I do not think American gold eagles would be too bad a choice either, plus whenever a certain kind of gold coin is in any way preferred by the US government, we can be almost sure it will be the eagle, not the springbock. This fact could be worth a small premium, don't you think? The next, and probably more important, question is what denominations to have. When you think about it, a decent meal should be worth about 1/10 ounce of gold, no more. Therefore, it might be preferable to buy the little coins rather than the 1 oz ones. Think about it, If you want some potatoes from a farmer and you tell him you only have a 1 oz gold coin, he will likely grin at you and take your coin in exchange for a few pounds of food. If, on the other hand, you go to the farm with a 1/10 oz coin and ask the farmer how much it will get you, I believe you might just get a little more for your money. From that perspective, paying a few bucks more now might prove to be a good investment. Does anyone have historical information about this kind of situation, for example, were there coin dealers who would give you say .95 oz in small coins in exchange for a 1 oz coin? Or is that not a realistic rate? Any comments are welcome, but I would like this thread to be about physically small, highly valuable items that are likely to replace the dead presidents' portraits once the world loses confidence in them. In other words, alternative currencies as insurance against TEOTWAWKI or simply as an inflation hedge.