I'm just wondering, why do gold/silver american eagle coins cost more than gold krugerands or plain silver rounds? 1 oz of gold is 1 oz of gold. 1 oz of silver is 1 oz of silver. If the fit ever hit the shan, all those american eagles would go down in price to the price of the gold krugerands and silver rounds. Nobody would pay a premium for them if they were ever used to trade again. So why do people pay more for it. And some 1oz silver coins like the australian kangaroo coin sells for something like 36 USD per ounce. Maybe its just my sound business sense, but really...what good is silver/gold except to hedge against inflation, or protect your wealth...why pay a premium for what is really just a pretty picture?