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None of that changes my point. In ancient Sparta, gold would buy you nothing. They used iron. Sweeden traded using copper. China at one time used cowrey shells. Rum, wine, sheep, cattle, fish, rice, barley have all been used as money by different societies at different times in history.

None of the above have been used as money in as widespread a fashion, or for a longer period of time- than gold.

Gold and silver have no intrinsic vaule. They only have value because people like shiny metal.

The shiny metal beats the crinkled paper that can be printed in whatever quantities the banks chose.
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