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Answering Your Questions on Bitcoin, Lower Silver Premiums, and Pre-1933 Gold Coins

Questions and answers

One of the core tenets of our business is educating people who have never owned physical gold or silver. We introduce them to the metals markets and put the spotlight on dishonest money as the foundation for unrestrained government. We get lots of great questions and we like to publish our responses to the most common of them.

Reader Question: What is your take on Bitcoin?

Answer: We believe in honest money. Although flawed, Bitcoin represents a remarkable innovation on that front. That is why Money Metals was among the first bullion dealers to accept Bitcoin payments for precious metals.

If decentralized cryptocurrency proves to be beyond the ability of central bankers and bureaucrats to manipulate or control, it will be a meaningful step forward for personal liberty and a blow to corrupt governments, banks, and markets. It has that potential in common with gold, which imposed restraint on Wall Street and Washington DC right up until Richard Nixon slammed the gold window shut and removed the last bit of integrity from the fiat U.S. dollar.

While Bitcoin and bullion share the potential to work as alternative money, they are not substitutes for one another. The differences are quite important to consider.

The first distinction is that gold and silver rounds, coins, and bars are tangible assets that will never become worthless. Precious metals are beautiful and serve a useful purpose in goods ranging from jewelry to electronics. They have thousands of years of history serving as money and as a reliable store of value.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, is a very recent phenomenon and a purely digital asset. It may ultimately change the world, but it hasn’t yet stood the test of time. Bitcoin itself must still clear some hurdles.

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It needs to become far easier to acquire, safeguard, and use. There are many alternative cryptocurrencies and there is no guarantee Bitcoin will prove itself to be the best mousetrap and survive.

Some technological problems still need to be solved in order for Bitcoin to scale and serve as a replacement for existing monetary systems. It will need to weather regulatory attacks by bankers and bureaucrats seeking to protect their fiat monetary systems.

While Bitcoin itself has not yet been hacked, several exchanges holding bitcoin have been.

Lastly, it is important to note that physical bullion is truly “off the grid,” while Bitcoin depends upon the network. Metals don’t need electricity and an internet connection to work. The exact whereabouts of a gold coin cannot be tracked electronically and it will leave no digital fingerprints when used in a discreet transaction. This cannot be said for Bitcoin.

You can find the rest of the Q&A here.


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