silver medallions

Silver Shines as an Economic Solution

Here’s another interesting article written by Cassandra Anderson and posted on MORPHcity of another State government working towards bringing back Constitutional money into our economy.

Idaho State Representative Phil Hart authored the Idaho State Silver Gem Act earlier this year which allows for the Idaho State Treasurer to issue silver medallions and make them available to the public; people may use them for any purpose they want and will have the option of paying their State taxes with the silver. The benefits of the Silver Gem Act are:

  • Silver can be used as an alternative currency, outside of the banking system
  • Jobs will be created in the metal refining industry in Idaho
  • Silver- and gold- are a protection against inflation for both the public and Idaho State

The Idaho Silver Gem Act serves as a model that other states and local governments can use. If the bill passes, people can use silver with confidence because the government of Idaho will accept it, too. The Idaho Silver gem Act will also help to prevent possible federal precious metal confiscation.

According to G. Edward Griffin, America’s monetary system is based on fiat money, it has no intrinsic value and it is not asset- backed. Federal Reserve notes have value because of government regulations (the Legal Tender laws) that mandate their use under the threat of fine or imprisonment. The Legal Tender laws require people and businesses to accept Federal Reserve notes for payment, if Federal Reserve notes are offered as payment. However, people, businesses and even governments can also accept payment in the form of gold, silver or any other thing of value- they are not tied to accepting only Federal Reserve notes.

Mr. Griffin said that the bankers DO NOT own most of the gold- most of the gold is still in the ground! And even if the bankers did own all of the gold, but the monetary system was based on gold, such a commodity backed money system would prohibit the bankers from using fractional reserves to make loans and collecting interest on money created from nothing, thus limiting their primary stream of income.

Representative Hart’s Idaho Silver Gem Act, fully endorsed by G. Edward Griffin, is a first small step toward a competing currency. Instead of creating sweeping banking reforms Hart’s legislation is practical, incremental and it can be put into place immediately. For example, Georgia had a bill that would have made it mandatory for silver and gold to be used in all State business. Georgia’s bill failed because the implementation of the bill would have been monumental- imagine the difficulty of all businesses and entities trading with Georgia State’s government having to convert all payments into precious metals.

Representative Phil Hart’s Silver Gem Act passed the Idaho House vote (51 to 14) but it died in a Senate committee earlier this year. Two of the senators who were outspoken critics of the legislation were defeated in the 2010 primary election, improving the bill’s chances for next year. The Silver Gem Act is the only competing currency bill to get this far and Phil Hart will re-introduce it again next year if he is re-elected.

Click here to read the Idaho Silver Gem Act

Representative Phil Hart

The American Eagle Silver Dollar Coin

American Eagle Silver Dollars are authorized by Congress and produced by the United States Mint at West Point, New York and are legal tender coins with a face value of one dollar (though they are worth considerably more since the market price of one ounce of silver has been many times greater than one dollar for more than four decades). Unlike silver medallions, silver bars, or art bars, American Eagles are Official Legal Tender guaranteed by the U.S. Government as to silver weight and silver purity.

Since the first day American Eagle Silver Dollars were released in 1986, they’ve been the most highly prized and most popular Silver Bullion Coins in the world! Many consider the design of the coin to be one of the most beautiful coins ever produced. Requiring no assaying, American Eagles are easily converted to cash at any time.

American Silver Eagle

The obverse (front) of the coin features Adolph A. Weinman’s stunning Walking Liberty design originally used on U.S. Silver Half Dollars from 1916 through 1947. The reverse design is a rendition of a heraldic eagle by John Mercanti and also features a shield, with 13 stars, representing the 13 original American colonies, positioned above the eagle’s head.

Highly prized for their historical beauty and pure silver content, American Eagle Silver Dollars are the largest Silver Dollars ever issued by the U.S. Mint. (These are impressively large and substantial coins.) By law, each coin contains one full troy ounce of pure silver. Each coin contains 1.0000 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver and is 40.6 mm (1.598 inches) in diameter.

Every Silver Eagle is a work of art, minted to exacting standards by the United States Mint. These classic coins are among the most affordable ways to own government minted bullion coins.

These coins are commonly used as investments or gifts or collected or as protection in case of national disasters or bank failures.

Note: SILVER COINS ARE STANDARD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALMOST ALL SURVIVAL AND NATIONAL DISASTER SITUATIONS WHEN BANKS MAY FAIL OR CLOSE AND PAPER MONEY IS USELESS – ONLY SILVER AND GOLD IS ACCEPTED EVERYWHERE IN EVERY EMERGENCY.