So buying gold coins seemed a reasonable use for the cards. I could have bought a single half ounce bullion bar, but I decided to buy the Mini Roo coins even though the value of the gold in these coins is only about half what I'd get buying a gold bullion to the same value. Mint condition legal tender gold coins are always priced at about twice the value of the gold content, and at a much higher multiple of their face value as 'legal tender' (the 0.5 g gold coins I bought cost $49,95 each, contain gold worth around $34 at the current spot price, and have a face value of only $2!).
I decided to buy the mini roo coins as they are cute (only 11.6 mm in diameter and 0.7 mm thick) and I can give them to DS1 and DS2 and Christmas gifts (I'm sure the boys will like having some real "pirate treasure" gold coins - although I'll have to make sure they don't lose them!). I'll probably also add some of them to my stash of end-of-the-world emergency supplies. The coins are easily recognisable as being solid gold and government issued, so they should be easier to trade than bullion bars in a post-apocalypse scenario. Most likely they'll just sit around and eventually for part of the family fortune. In the long term gold may at least keep it's current value, so it's probably no worse than having cash in the bank and paying taxes on the interest.
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