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Coinage and Fiscal Finagling

– December 4, 2017

Coinage provided an easy-to-assess standard. It also presented a significant temptation for the fiscal authority.

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Do the Origins of Money Matter?

– November 2, 2017

A whirlwind tour through alternative theories would seem to suggest one fits much more comfortably with a pro-liberty worldview than another.

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“Cosmic Seigniorage” Underscores Scarcity of Gold

– October 16, 2017

Creating gold requires an excedingly rare event and unfathomable amounts of energy.

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Ball and Blockchain: Company Marrying Gold to Cryptocurrencies

– September 5, 2017

A company is trying to bring the calming influence of gold to the Wild West frontier of cryptocurrencies

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Might a Bitcoin Standard Be Good as Gold on Price Levels, Exchange Rates?

– September 5, 2017

A monetary standard based on Bitcoin, a digital currency, would act something like the gold standard in making price levels more predictable and stabilizing exchange rates but would likely be undone by politicians and central bankers.

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Blockchain and Gold: Compliments or Substitutes?

– July 13, 2017

Several key factors make Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies at best imperfect substitutes for gold.

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Texans May Be Writing Gold-Backed Checks Early Next Year

– June 30, 2017

Texans’ writing checks as good as gold is just a few months from reality. In June, Texas state authorities selected the builder/operator and administrator for a depository that will store gold and other precious metals. The builder/operator, Austin-bas …

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Texas Gold’s Homecoming May Be New Dawn for Alternative Currencies

– May 22, 2017

Texas declared it wants to repatriate its gold, sending beams through the monetary world. Is this the long-awaited new day for alt-currency devotees or another false dawn? The Lone Star State is in the process of creating a gold-bullion depository that …

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Could Gold-Backed Digital Currency Conquer Fiat Money?

– April 21, 2017

A freely traded digital currency backed by gold may be just around the corner. This week, at the MIT Technology Review’s Business of Blockchain conference, I heard Sandra Ro of CME Group (which operates the world’s largest futures and options exchange) …

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Gold and Liberty

– March 31, 2017

Economic Education Bulletin Vol. XXXV, no. 4 | April, 1995 by Richard Salsman

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The Death of Bimetallism and the Gold Standard Act of 1900

– March 30, 2017

In 1900, President William McKinley signed the Gold Standard Act, explicitly making gold the only commodity exchangeable for U.S. paper money.

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Time to stop taxing gold and silver

– July 8, 2014

Last month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 862 into law, once again recognizing gold and silver as legal tender and an acceptable means of payment of debts in the Sooner State. While this treatment would seem self-evident, noting Arti …

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