Precious metals have been moneys since before Jesus. That deserves some respect. The other part about these precious metals is that their value increases over time. Its very important that you take into consideration that your dollars do little more than collect germs over time. In fact, with the growing national debt you could say that our dollars are really only worth an illusion of value to begin with. This article dispels a few prepper talking points about silver and explains why gold and silver are a great investment.
The author talks about gold and silver in todays world as well as these metals in a survival situation. Each scenario shows great benefits in owning these metals. The article also mentions how the art on certain coins can raise the value. I enjoy the designs and collect for some in particular even over my concerns of a SHTF scenario.