The Circle of Gold

A – 1913:  Gold was money in the United States.  Double eagles ($20.00), Eagles ($10.00), and Half-Eagles ($5.00) circulated freely.  Silver dollars and smaller coins were common  and used for commerce.  And then the bankers created “The Federal Reserve.”

 V-1875 double eagle obv

B – 1933:  President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 6102 and forbid US citizens from owning gold.  They received paper money in exchange.  One $20.00 Double Eagle (0.9675 ounces gold) was exchanged for a $20.00 paper certificate.  Gold was therefore valued at $20.67 per ounce.  Soon thereafter President Roosevelt devalued the dollar so that gold was valued at $35.00 per ounce.  And gold was illegal for US citizens to own.


C – 1971:  President Nixon was faced with a tidal wave of dollars returning from the rest of the world (excessive spending and debt) that the US was obligated to exchange for gold.  Official US gold reserves had already been reduced from over 20,000 tons to about 8,000 tons.  President Nixon thereafter refused to honor the Bretton Wood Agreement and allowed the dollar to sink in value compared to gold.  He blamed speculators instead of Government deficit spending and Federal Reserve policies and assured everyone it was only “temporary.”  And then came massive consumer price inflation, devalued dollars, and uncontrolled debt increases.

A new redesigned $100 bill, top, which the Treasury Department announced Monday, March 4, 1996, will be shipped to banks nationwide on March 25. The new bill, aimed at foiling increasingly sophisticated counterfeiters, will gradually replace the old model, bottom, in circulation when banks deposit older money with the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

D – 2013:  Chairman Bernanke testified before congress and stated that gold “is an unusual asset,” and that “No one really understands gold prices.”  And the devaluation of the dollar continued with QE, ZIRP and other fiat currency creations.

E – 20??:  (Speculation!)  Following a devastating deflation and hyperinflation caused by global central bankers “printing” currencies in ever more insane quantities, the global economic system crashed, confidence in fiat paper and digital currencies reached new lows, and the central bankers heard the cry of the people, “Do something to fix our money!”  After numerous failures they finally did the “right thing” and pegged dollars, euros, yen, SDR, Yuan, and Rubles against gold. By that time gold had largely disappeared from official western vaults and was by 20?? almost entirely held in Asia and by large corporations, global banks, and immensely wealthy individuals.  Dollars and Yuan were again backed by gold and gold certificates circulated freely.  The wealth transfer had been completed.

From Jim Sinclair: 

“QE to Infinity, followed by Gold balancing the balance sheets of the sovereign balance sheet disasters. Just as there is no tool other than QE to feign financial solvency, there is no tool to balance the balance sheet of the offending entities other than Gold. It is just that simple.” 

For Comparison:

A – 1913:

Price of gold was $20.67 per ounce.

US National Debt was about $2.9 Billion

B – 1933:

Price of gold was $35.00 per ounce.

US National Debt was about $22.5 Billion

C – 1971:

Price of gold was $42.00 per ounce.

US National Debt was about $398 Billion

D – 2013: 

Price of gold was about $1,300 per ounce.

US National Debt was about $16,738 Billion or $16.7 Trillion

E – 20??:  (This is speculation!)

Price of gold is perhaps $10,000 per ounce, depending on “money printing,” hyperinflation, and monetary insanity.

US National Debt is $40,000 to $100,000 Billion or $40 to 100 Trillion or more.

Circle of Gold-Diagram3


  • What goes around, comes around.
  • Gold has been money and a store of value for at least 3,000 years. That status SHOULD return after the “paper” era has collapsed.
  • Unbacked paper money, according to history, always collapses due to excessive printing by central bankers and politicians. Imagine that!
  • Global debt is over $200 Trillion and rapidly climbing. Governments must borrow more currency into existence to pay off maturing debt, but total debt inevitably increases.  Charles Ponzi used a similar scheme for his wealth transfer process.
  • When most of the gold has disappeared from central bank and government vaults in the US, the UK, and Europe and has moved to Asia, private vaults, and the Too-Big-To-Fail banks, then paper currencies can be stripped of remaining value, gold will be revalued much higher, and the wealth transfer will have been completed.
  • As this is written, gold is priced at about $1,167 per ounce and the above scenario for the year 20?? is speculation. But we know that gold is leaving the western world and moving to Asia.  We know that global debt is huge and effectively impossible to repay.  And we know that Ponzi schemes eventually fail.

But if you find the above disconcerting, read the following for reassurance that our current paper scheme will not drive gold prices to new highs.  It is also possible that friendly aliens might land in the White House rose garden and Mr. Dent and Lerner could be right…….

  • Harry Dent: He expects gold to drop under $400 in spite of massive debt and “money printing.”
  • Anthony Lerner: He expects gold to drop to perhaps $250 based on Fed policy.

However, at Deviant Investor, we believe that:

 Paper dies, gold thrives.


Gary Christenson

The Deviant Investor





14 thoughts on “The Circle of Gold

  1. Gary ,

    One correction is needed. Gold was never illegal for US citizens to own. Executive Order 6102 did not forbid US citizens from owning gold. It forbid the hording of gold. Every person was allowed to own $100 in gold coins (5 ounces) as well as gold numismatic coins and gold jewelry.

  2. It has been claimed that lead that is used to shield nuclear reactors can be transmuted into gold by way of the atomic process of decay and that this is the process deep within the earth that is responsible for having created gold in the first place. Google it, there are several sources of information but, it is difficult to find explicit documentation. Imagine that. Those who are powerful and own most of the gold don’t want the information about how to make it from lead to get out.

    • PS. Silver does not have this downside risk. Transmutating somthing else into silver would be insanely difficult based on current knowledge of chemistry and physics.

  3. Always remember the wise old saying, cause it’s still true today and always will be.
    ” Every man has his price, you just need to figure out what his currency is first “

  4. Executive orders are not applicable to the private men and women in America. Anyone who believes otherwise, lets see your evidence of applicability!

  5. Gold is continuously mined and the world supply continuously increases.
    Knowledge of the actual supply quantity is valuable information that determines actual valuation. Another fact is that transmutation of the elements has been claimed in that in 1921 Ernst Rutherford transmuted nitrogen into isotopic oxygen. How much of the weight of “gold’ now in existence is actually isotopic gold stabilized by mixing it into a natural gold metallic matrix?

  6. The assumed outcome is that bankers, “””did the “right thing” and pegged dollars, … against gold”””.

    Or you could have token coins with upwardly adjustable assigned values and thus protect the holders of these against inflation. This could mitigate the effects of the crash significantly.

    Effectively this would be an inverse peg, pegging gold to the dollar instead of pegging the dollar to gold.

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