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Sir Thomas Gresham Debased Coinage Quote

When depreciated, mutilated, or debased coinage (or currency) is in concurrent circulation with money of high value in terms of precious metals, the good money automatically disappears.” - Sir Thomas Gresham

Gresham’s Law: Then & Now

Gresham's law is an economic law which states that "bad money drives out good".

In other words, if there are two forms of commodity money in circulation and both are accepted by law as having the same face values, the more valuable commodity money will disappear into people’s safekeeping whilst the other less valuable commodity money will continue being used and spent in circulation.

Only some 50 years ago we have a real life example of this principle at work. Silver coins were widely circulated in the United States until the Coinage Act of 1965 was passed.

You may have seen or even own some 90% silver dimes and quarters or perhaps much lesser issued 1970s silver half-dollars. Regardless the effects of currency debasement are undeniably obvious. Welcome to McDonald’s, can I take your order?

McDonald’s Menu in 1972 ADMcDonald’s Menu in 1972 AD - Source

Other nations before and around the same time like Britain, France, Canada, Mexico, etc., also debased their nation’s currency supply by switching to cheaper metals for coin issuance.

Again the older silver coins disappeared from circulation choosing to use the newer debased coins in daily transactions instead. People once again displayed common sense.

According to collector coin experts, in the last silver bull market peak in 1980, nearly 75% of all the hoarded US Constitutional silver coins were melted for scrap as many silver speculators seeked to cash in on rising precious metal prices.

Silver refineries became so backed up, junk and scrap silver sales were made at less than 30% of spot according to one brick and mortar coin dealer who worked through the 1970s and 1980 price peak.

This phenomenon even shows up in increasingly debased base metal coinage.

Every government mint issues digital and physical fiat currencies in one form or another, as well as debased cupro-nickel coinage. Most of all modern day cupro-nickel coinage is worth more in face value than it is in its metal melt values.

When this is not the case, laws banning coin melting are implemented or the coinage goes missing (hoarded and eventually melted down domestically or internationally to reap higher price profits).

This axiom also gets turned on its head today by nation states.

Many government mints now issue physical precious metal coins and even bars for investors to buy. Although bullion coins are traded based on their precious metal content, governments often issued physical precious metal coins have legal tender face value denominations well below their precious metal melt values.

US Gold & Silver American Eagle coins

Surely 1 oz American Gold Eagles are worth more than $50 USD oz?
Surely 1 oz American Silver Eagles are worth more than $1 USD oz?

Why do governments put low legal tender face values on their coins you might ask?

Doing so helps ensure debased fiat currencies continue circulating while sound valuable commodity monies stay hoarded and never fully compete or undermine the fiat currency seigniorage powers of the state.

So long as confidence and market forces continue to allow it, poor quality currency can circulate whilst hard specie money stays saved, protected, hidden, and hoarded.

Governments historically do not willingly give up fiat currency issuance powers without tantrums. It is market forces that tend to take the unlimited fiat currency issuance power away, after much strife typically.

Over the past nine years or so, rather than endure additional bankruptcies and painful structural reforms required to make the financial system more sound, the world has gone on a debt binge adding an additional $72 trillion combined public and private debt burdens (45% more total debt than existed during the start of the last financial crisis).

Perhaps that is why the world’s central bank of central bank’s supranational law making body and other domestic regulatory bodies have all been so hard at work. Running around the world setting up anti-financial spillover laws to contain the next potential financial crisis, bank runs, bank failures, and all the possible spillover effects that could entail.

Maybe you think corralitos only happen in ‘3rd world’ nations?

Think again.

Many basic once long standing financial statues have been quietly adjusted since 2008. Financial lockdown laws and mechanisms to avoid spillover effects are now readied.

Money market mutual funds ( supposedly almost as safe as bank accounts ) can now legally be shut down. Mutual fund redemptions can be suspended, with the principal investment now possible to be paid back at less than par (the amount that was originally invested). In other words, during a real market crisis, withdrawing mutual funds may be impossible or at a substantial haircut or loss. Once the crisis subsides you still may simply receive back less than each $1 USD of principal invested into the supposedly safe mutual fund.

And even regular bank accounts and demand deposits are now also vulnerable to recent changes in financial laws. Not merely typical bank accounts in the USA, but throughout the G20 nations as a whole.

The future consequences of all this could be far reaching, perhaps all the way to the very base of a former Federal Reserve Board of Governors, John Exter’s inverted financial pyramid.

Such drastic anti-financial spillover laws have been recently put into place for real reasons. The global financial system is now more unstable and fragile than what recent record nominal price highs are perhaps conveying to the crowd.

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