Maryland Gold Coins & Bullion

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Typically the introduction of debased or fiat money begins slowly at first. The appearance of sound gold-based money is contrived, but the substance is gradually stolen and replaced with counter- feits: debased coin or fictitious receipts. However, the public is seldom deceived for long. Gresham's Law goes into effect: what good coin remains in circulation is quickly hoarded (it becomes a race between the government and its citizens to see who can hoard the most).' People become more and more reluctant to exchange their goods and services of recognizable value for money of doubtful or questionable value. Prices soar; inflation rages. With money no longer a trustworthy standard of value or measure of wealth, al- ternative means of preserving capital are sought. Works of art, precious metals, jewels, real estate, securities, and valuable objects of all kinds take on a new meaning (or perhaps regain an old one) as stores of value." Speculation becomes a way of life. (Sound familiar?) Once the momentum of debasement and inflation has begun, it is seldom if ever checked before the final destruction of the whole monetary system and the government responsible for it. The second phase of currency debasement is far more drastic than the first. Having been discovered in its deception, the government, if it wishes to pursue the delusion of fiat money further (and once started it invariably does), has only one option left—the uncertain powers of coercion. In this phase, wage and price controls are imposed, citizens are forced to accept the government's money under threat of severe punishment for refusing it, gold and silver are ordered to be surrendered, "hoarders" are threatened with arrest, citizens are forbidden to travel abroad, foreign investments are forbidden or curbed severely, tariffs and penalties are raised against foreign imports, exchange controls are instituted, and limits are put on interest rates. The results of these measures are always the opposite of what is intended; trade stagnates, prices rise even faster, black markets de- velop, gold and silver disappear entirely, speculation becomes frantic, evasions and dishonesties are commonplace and all remain- ing confidence in the government evaporates.<br>

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Gold Bullion & Jewelry in Maryland

The government itself becomes the victim of its own inflationary debasement. Tax revenues decline due to the erosion of legitimate trade, the diversion of goods to the black market, and the pouring of money into non- productive speculation. The costs of government rise rapidly and the burdens on it increase as a result of economic instability. In the end the government is obliged to create still more fiat money or debase the currency still further in order to finance its own operation—and the spiral gets another vicious twist. With each turn of the cycle the descent becomes more rapid. There is no way out except to return to the discipline of gold, and this requires that the debased purchasing media be officially devalued in terms of their gold equivalent or written off entirely as in a bankruptcy. In either case, the holders of the debased coin or fiat money are the losers. Incredible as it sometimes seems, the United States and Great Britain have already gone far down the road leading to pure fiat money.<br>

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Gold Jewelry dealer in Maryland

Furthermore, the present United States government appears determined not only to maintain its "goldless" domestic money system, but to force its fiat money scheme on the rest of the world, through the International Monetary Fund or some similar agency. A new international paper currency is demanded as a substitute for gold in international payments. The fiat of an international au- thority is to be invoked to supplement the already oppressive economic powers of the individual nations. The modern neo–Keynesian economists, academic theorists and political opportunists of all grades now dream on a far grander scale than the medieval alchemists. Those deluded souls toiled for centuries over bubbling cauldrons and blazing forges, muttering incantations, mixing vile concoctions, and invoking all the black arts in futile and bizarre attempts to find a magic formula that would turn iron or lead into gold. Alchemy was one of the more notable delusions of history and one of the most persistent. It gripped the mind of Europe for a thousand years, but produced not a single ounce of gold." But the modern alchemists, the believers in the fiat-money New Economics, claim to have worked the miracle. To them, realities are not as important as abstract ideas; real gold is not as significant as the idea of gold. Realities to this kind of thinker are finite, limited, irritating. But ideas and abstractions are infinite, limitless, and possessed of boundless possibilities. Real gold is expensive, hard to obtain; it has to be worked for, paid for in one way or another. <br>

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