Is Gold Money?

By:  Sam Blumenfeld
07/19/2011
       
Is Gold Money?

Money is anything that is commonly accepted as a medium of exchange, with government interjecting itself into the equation by designating certain notes as "legal tender." Historically, mediums of exchange have included gold and silver as well as other forms of what might be called commodity money. Yet,  you cannot pay your electric bill or your mortgage with a gold bar or even gold coins. You have to sell your gold for cash in order to use it to pay for things. Of course, at one time gold coins were used as money, but they aren’t today. And there was a time when paper money was backed by gold or silver. Paper money was then redeemable in gold and silver at a fixed price. Those of us who are seniors remember the time when dollars were silver certificates. Now they are backed by the “full faith and credit of the government.” But with government borrowing trillions of dollars in order to spend trillions of dollars, that “full faith and credit” is about to go down the drain.

Article One, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall have the power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of Foreign coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.”

Money is anything that is commonly accepted as a medium of exchange, with government interjecting itself into the equation by designating certain notes as "legal tender." Historically, mediums of exchange have included gold and silver as well as other forms of what might be called commodity money. Yet,  you cannot pay your electric bill or your mortgage with a gold bar or even gold coins. You have to sell your gold for cash in order to use it to pay for things. Of course, at one time gold coins were used as money, but they aren’t today. And there was a time when paper money was backed by gold or silver. Paper money was then redeemable in gold and silver at a fixed price. Those of us who are seniors remember the time when dollars were silver certificates. Now they are backed by the “full faith and credit of the government.” But with government borrowing trillions of dollars in order to spend trillions of dollars, that “full faith and credit” is about to go down the drain.

Article One, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall have the power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of Foreign coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.”

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