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April 25, 2011, 12:56:40 PM
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080827115251AAYDgdW
Q: What world currencies are actually backed by gold?
A: None

Im no economist, but what would it take for bitcoins to be "backed by gold"?

Possible, Plausible or Impossible?
I see two possibilities either a wealthy person puts up some gold to back the whole currency, or a bitcoin wallet provider purchases gold and its customers wallets are backed by the gold standard.


P.S. I have no gold. Just thinking out loud.
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April 25, 2011, 01:02:04 PM
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You can just exchange gold and bitcoins at whatever rate you specify.

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April 25, 2011, 01:05:51 PM
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I think theirs a difference between "backed by gold" and exchangeable for gold.
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April 25, 2011, 01:12:26 PM
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But that's what governments did. They specified exchange rates and expected people to believe that they held as much gold as the currency in circulation represented.

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April 25, 2011, 03:52:31 PM
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Although almost every if not every central bank has some gold reserves but not one fiat currency on the whole planet is backed by gold anymore. The last was the Swiss Franc which was backed 40% by gold up until 2000 where they had a referendum and the people voted to go off of it.

So what we have now is a global monetary system of monopoly money backed up by mostly what countries produce and how powerful of an army they have while all the population is getting robbed left and right through artificial low interest rates.

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April 25, 2011, 04:04:02 PM
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080827115251AAYDgdW
Q: What world currencies are actually backed by gold?
A: None

Im no economist, but what would it take for bitcoins to be "backed by gold"?

Possible, Plausible or Impossible?
I see two possibilities either a wealthy person puts up some gold to back the whole currency, or a bitcoin wallet provider purchases gold and its customers wallets are backed by the gold standard.


P.S. I have no gold. Just thinking out loud.

You are asking the wrong question. Gold didn't back money, gold was the money. And when people started to warehouse it in bank vaults they got receipt which they started trading as if it was gold itself. Later governments through laws and enforcement through force established a monopoly on these paper receipts, gave them names and proclaimed how much weight is represented with a certain number. For instance in the beginning of the 19th century $20 was redeemable for 1oz of gold.

So the phrase "backed by gold" was miss-used ever since the governments grabbed the monopoly on money. The last country where this happened was the USA in 1913 when the FED was created. Before the FED dollars were basically although government issued receipts for gold. But with the FED it soon changed to legal tender which it is today.


Basically the important point to take away from post is that gold is money. And that paper money was just suppose to have made it's trade easier. So when you're looking at BitCoins you cannot have it "backed by gold" because they are two different commodities and the most that you can have is open free trade between the two. Eventually I suspect will get to a very stable and constant price of gold in BitCoins and vice versa.

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April 25, 2011, 04:09:31 PM
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080827115251AAYDgdW
Q: What world currencies are actually backed by gold?
A: None

Im no economist, but what would it take for bitcoins to be "backed by gold"?

Possible, Plausible or Impossible?
I see two possibilities either a wealthy person puts up some gold to back the whole currency, or a bitcoin wallet provider purchases gold and its customers wallets are backed by the gold standard.


P.S. I have no gold. Just thinking out loud.

You need a warehouse with 21 million units of gold.  You pick the units.  You then say you will redeem 1 BTC for each unit.  You need to somehow be bound at this rate.  Now it's backed by gold.

It would be silly of you to do this.  If 1 BTC ever was worth less than the gold, you'd be the proud owner of a ton of bitcoins and be out a lot of gold.  If it became more, people would bring you gold and want bitcoins.

Pegging one currency to the other always results in one hoarding the more valueable one and redeeming it for the less valued one.
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February 19, 2018, 04:21:45 PM
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Actually it is, but it is developing now, the new currency namel Gold, russian company GoldMint is going to release it in Q2 2018, check their white paper if interested it that kind of investments.

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February 19, 2018, 04:36:26 PM
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You can just exchange gold and bitcoins at whatever rate you specify.

Sell Bitcoin and buy Gold to be on the safe side. All the reputed gold and silver dealers sell for "cash money".

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February 19, 2018, 04:43:40 PM
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"backed" means that if you have (1 unit of currency) be it one dollar, euro, or pound I can exchange it for 1 oz of gold .. now, later or after 10 years and still get that 1 oz or 1 gram of gold.

no currency as far as I know promises that it would pay the equivalent of gold in the future, instead you get the current market price for GBP/GOLD or EUR/GOLD  for a currency to be backed by gold it would be EUR=GOLD

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February 19, 2018, 04:53:37 PM
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080827115251AAYDgdW
Q: What world currencies are actually backed by gold?
A: None

Im no economist, but what would it take for bitcoins to be "backed by gold"?

Possible, Plausible or Impossible?
I see two possibilities either a wealthy person puts up some gold to back the whole currency, or a bitcoin wallet provider purchases gold and its customers wallets are backed by the gold standard.


P.S. I have no gold. Just thinking out loud.

Bitcoin can't be backed up by gold, it was not created to be this way. I mean if we look at what tether (USDT) is doing by pegging their coin to real USD value and there are a lot of talks that they create more coins than they actually have in reserve. So imagine if you had gold backed up crypto, it could easily end up like tether and thus we can easily see similarities with fiat currencies. Fiat was backed up by gold way back and then slowly through time it wasn't and today governments can print as much as they want. So it will be really hard to create a system for crypto to be backed up by gold as it will need a lot of trust. Plus you will have to have reserve of gold somewhere and pay for somebody to safeguard it etc.
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February 19, 2018, 04:54:09 PM
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For bitcoin to be backed by gold, this has to be accepted: total bitcoin supply = total gold supply

171,300,000 KG of gold = 21,000,000 BTC

which will equal almost (8 KG) per (1 Bitcoin)

and to really back it by gold, governments will have accept the exchange of bitcoin for their gold reserves.

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February 19, 2018, 05:02:06 PM
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It is not a good idea to peg bitcoins to anything. A dollar peg is when a country maintains its currency's value at a fixed

exchange rate to the U.S. dollar. The country's central bank controls the value of its currency so that it rises and falls along

with the dollar. Most of the Gold in the world are protected by Banks and governments. {So we would be giving up power to

whomever is controlling the Gold value}  Wink

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September 08, 2018, 03:05:13 PM
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Have you heard of gold-backed cryptos? Here's an interesting ICO that I found.

Kinesis is a yield-bearing digital currency based on 1:1 allocated physical gold and silver. The vision for Kinesis is to deliver an evolutionary step beyond any monetary and banking system available today. It is a globally accessible, usable and reliable digital currency forming the basis of a new Monetary System.

Is this the future of money? Find out more on their website. https://kinesis.money/#/
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September 08, 2018, 03:17:36 PM
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In the early stages the currency notes were printed based on how much gold they are having in their country but now a days most of the banks printing their money on their needs that is the reason whey we face inflations so now the world currencies were not backed up by gold.Bitcoin is the one think which can save ourselves from the inflations.

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September 12, 2018, 02:11:46 PM
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How can blockchain help countries similar to Venezuela/unstable economies?
 
Blockchain can help countries that are impoverished by providing a currency to replace a government issued curries that are unstable. A project that excels are doing this is Kinesis. Their token is back at a 1:1 ratio with precious metals, making it a secure store of value.

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September 12, 2018, 02:25:55 PM
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nor what. The gold standard for maintaining gold money was abolished in 1952 (if I'm not confused) at the Bretton woods conference.

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September 13, 2018, 05:41:54 AM
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The gold standard disappeared in fiat money. It probably will not be created for crypto currency, unless somebody decides to issue a crypto currency backed by the actual availability of gold in the bank for some kind of stable coin.

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September 13, 2018, 05:48:16 AM
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I do not think that there are any currencies in the world now that are backed by gold.Most of the countries have taken their currencies out of the gold standard and make it fiat money which are issued by the governments that is why most nations are in debts now and struggling to deal with them.
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