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Putting A Trillion Dollars Of Platinum In Perspective

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So you want a trillion dollar platinum coin? Ok: here are some facts:

  • Platinum has traditionally been the most valuable precious metal for one simple reason: it is rare.
  • It is so rare, that all the platinum ever mined could fit into a 25 cubic foot box.
  • The weight of that box comes out to just over 16 tons: this is how much platinum has been mined since the start of time.
  • A coin valued at $1 trillion and made out of platinum would, at today's price of $1557/ounce, weigh in at 642.3 million ounces.
  • 642.3 million ounces is also roughly 18 thousand tons, or about 1100 times more than all the platinum mined.

In other words, putting a coin that is worth $1 trillion in perspective to all the platinum ever mined, would look something like this:

Now, putting the sheer legal idiocy of the proposal aside, and CNBC's John Carney has written a good article about why it is indeed, legal idiocy, the simple reality is that for this retarded idea to work, there has to be some justifiability, or even remote credibility of the "legal tender" backing the value. Sadly as the chart above shows, there can't possibly be such justifiability.

Or can there?

Remember, as we said, the chart above is indicative of reality at today's prices. So if the Treasury plans on literally coming up with ridiculous laws, what is there to prevent it from merely coining a one ounce, or half an ounce, or one gram Platinum coin and assigning it the value of $1 trillion.

Sure it can. There is a problem with that, however: it is called currency devaluation and is also what FDR did with executive order 6102 when he confiscated America's gold - he basically devalued the US Dollar by well over half overnight (which, for all those curious, is the endgame in the current depression also, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it).

In other words, when one strips away with all the rhetoric, all the advocates of this insidiously stupid idea which gets a new life every time there is a debt ceiling crisis, are doing, is arguing for a massive devaluation of the dollar: because for the trillion dollar coin idea to be even remotely plausible, the price of Platinum, and by implication the entire precious metals complex, would have to go up by a factor of some 1,100.

It also means the value of the paper US currency would have to go down by 1,100.

Which, by the way, is precisely what all those who wish for the Fed to continue funding America's unprecedented spending binge, which can never be satisfied by taxes alone, are hoping for.

And of course, they will eventually get it.


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Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:34 | 3123307 champagnesabre
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Geithner would probabaly get it stuck in a Pepsi machine.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:37 | 3123319 alentia
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No worries.


100kg platinum coin + Art Work and minting costs (that will sure boom US service sector and reduce unemployment) will will make it $1T easy.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:43 | 3123330 LeisureSmith
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Bullish for Catalytic Converter theft.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:47 | 3123386 JohnFrodo
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sell the car keep the converter. I will make billons with my new detachable converter, you take it with you when you park.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:39 | 3123332 orangegeek
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George Orwell had such insight.



Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:41 | 3123350 NeedleDickTheBu...
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I guess I better up the insurance on my wife's engagement ring.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:46 | 3123382 tl3659
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A 25 foot cube of platinum would weigh 418.5 tons not 16 tons.


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:46 | 3123383 foxenburg
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what a load of cock. 25 cu ft is less than a cubic yard. how anyone could be taken in by this bullshit is obviously testimony to "wall street analysis". zuid afrika and russia between them produce well over 100 tons. now, boys and girls, 100 tons x 2240 lbs x 16 oz = over 3,5 million ounces (troy, avoirdupois, whatever). god knows who else mines the stuff. god knows how much is stored. 


"The weight of that box comes out to just over 16 tons: this is how much platinum has been mined since the start of time"

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:00 | 3123465 NotApplicable
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Maybe Tyler was just giving you something irrelevant to rant about? o_O


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:10 | 3123473 Aurora Ex Machina
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Global production is roughly ~ 195 tonnes / year, although a lot of this is self-reported. That's compared to 2,560 tonnes of gold.


Or a ratio of 1:13.13, which considering the current spot price, either means gold is over-valued, or platinum is under-valued.



Although, please note: Tyler didn't get his facts wrong, his source did. It states:

  • The annual production of Platinum is about 130 tonnes.  While this seems like a substantial number, it pales in comparison when you realize that nearly 260 tonnes of steel are used in U.S. manufacturing operations daily.
  • All of the Platinum ever mined would barely fill a 25 cubic foot (7.6 cubic meter) box. The block would weigh over 16 tons.


Which is a bit of a paradox.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:54 | 3123428 gwar5
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Actually I would like 16 platinum coins, pretty big -- but not too big -- so we can at least stamp $1 Trillliion each, but still carry them on one hand truck.


Then, we then give them all to the FED as 'payment in full,' throw all board members in jail, and shut down the Eccles building. Simultaneously, we move to confiscate all gold in Ft. Knox, NYC, and move it all to West Point via the 101st Airborne, and henceforth, print our own money. 


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3123522 WarPony
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once upon a time, a Sovereign, Freeman of Character declared such and the ensuing ATF standoff was bullish.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:56 | 3123442 Titus Flavius C...
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For what little it's worth, I think John Carney is wrong, and you are wrong - although it's incredibly cute that people would summon the argument that

the "...statute seems to represent an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority.." when we live in a world where the President issues signing statement and executive order and goes to war as he pleases, where there's no budget or audit of the fed [read your Article 1] and where, oh, say the Federal Reserve Act wasn't deemed an improper delegation of Congressional authority.

Actually - Article 1 Section 8 doesn't actually give congress the power to issue paper currency, only coin, but the legal tender cases have long established that the government does, in fact, have the power to do so  [I'd disagree/but agree - it's not forbidden, but not enumerated, but if it can establish by statute a quasi-public banking system that loans money into existence, it must have the power to do it itself, no?]



ANYWAY - think of it this way:  apparently, no one is upset by the lawfulness of the Federal Reserve Act.  And it seems abundantly clear the government can issue its own 'us notes' - as fiat - if it wishes.  The tickle is whether the treasury can mint a coin with that face value at all, or only with appropriate Congressional delegation.


It's worth knowing that when the original coinage act came into being, the us mint was part of the congress.  it was moved into the treasury, which is the executive branch, in the 1870s - so "delegation" becomes a problem from there....  but the Federal Reserve is really not part of any branch at all, and for most purposes is private... so how in the hell can people cry 'non-delegation' when the FRA of 1913 was the biggest delegation of power in the history of the galaxy>???


So - let's be clear - the Congress, without repealing the FRA could create an agency that could issue its own fiat.  Only Congress can dictate what is legal tender federally... as to whether Geithner can walk the coin over... look, apparently, since the New Deal, and certainly since Griswold and Roe - the Constitution only means what those in power want it to mean.  The NDAA was passed and prior similar stuff has been upheld.

The Constitution, do to power grabs and liberal notions of jurisprudence, is no longer the law of the land, but a sort fo fuzzy guideline. 


So yes, Virginia, the Treasury could mint it, I think, if and only if properly delegated which, Mr. Carney overlooks.... would be "to render payments to the Federal Reserve System in satisfaction of US government debts thereto.





Punchline - I look at this differently.  At a minimum, all the treasuries the federal reserves hold should be so payable.  It's fighting the private central bank fiat creation of money with us government fiat that extinguishes it.


Get it?


The problem, sure, is Congress would just borrow and spend more, but that aside - I think this is a power grab which Congress should make.  If the fed lends money into existence, backed by nothing, why cant We The People pay it out of existence?


Savvy, or am I just talking crazytalks?


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:03 | 3123480 tickhound
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I like it.  Hell, give 'em a $50 Tril coin and tell them to keep the change.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:06 | 3123493 NotApplicable
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Crazytalk. Like all laws, they're merely words on paper to be interpreted as desired by those in power. That those out of power may interpret them differently is wholly immaterial (well, other than for divide and conquer purposes).

Besides, it's all based on the illegitimate pretext that we are wards of the state anyway (which is a form of enslavement I've yet to consent to). Once you accepted rule by the barrel of a gun, words on paper mean little except to rubes and the criminals who manipulate them.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:39 | 3123641 tickhound
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Ah yes... But too principled for a thread of this nature.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:56 | 3123445 jtlien
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If platinum traded on its rarety vs gold it would be $10k + and once.

And AngloPlats with 100 million ounces of revserves of the stuff would be the WORLDS MOSTundervalued stock...

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:58 | 3123452 Orange Pekoe
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It's all backed by willful ignorance.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:08 | 3123497 NotApplicable
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Otherwise known as political capital.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:58 | 3123453 Frastric
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In order to hasten the demise of this insane financial system, EVERYONE must support the trillion dollar platinum coin!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:58 | 3123454 Stockmonger
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Platinum is far too valuable.  The trillion dollar coin should be made of pressed bull shit.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:04 | 3123484 notadouche
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Oddly enough the barbarous metal apparently can't have the same affect as platnum.  Why is that again?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:06 | 3123492 sitenine
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It's not about the coin, it's about skirting the rule of law, or whatever is left of it anyway. Also, BI Joe has been pushing this idea hard lately, which automatically makes a stupid idea. Come on people! What is money? Seriously, WTF? Does anyone even have the slightest clue what-so-ever anymore??? A means of exchange, right? Yeah, that's what I thought. It's not though! These bankster criminals have turned money into wealth! But only in the MIND! There is NOTHING backing up any of this wealth. NOTHING! Pathetic, that stupid fiat hoarding fucks will only realize this when they try to spend that shit covered paper on wealth that IS NOT THERE! /rant

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:07 | 3123496 goose3
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I'm having trouble reconciling these two statements, taken from the link above:


  • The annual production of Platinum is about 130 tonnes.  While this seems like a substantial number, it pales in comparison when you realize that nearly 260 tonnes of steel are used in U.S. manufacturing operations daily.
  • All of the Platinum ever mined would barely fill a 25 cubic foot (7.6 cubic meter) box. The block would weigh over 16 tons.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:07 | 3123499 champagnesabre
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Why bother wasting $1600 bucks on an ounce of platinum? They could just make a nice paper $1,000,000,000,000 bill for free.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:32 | 3123626 TerminalDebt
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You don't need to print anything, they already have some they printed in Zimbabwe a few years ago, you can have them for free.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:27 | 3123858 champagnesabre
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@debt..... aaaaah, thanks for reminding me! I have a Zim $100 trillion bill that I got on e-bay for 2 bucks.

I'll fed-Ex it to Timmy G in the morning.

Our troubles will be over Monday everyone... Tim will have an extra $84 trillion left over after he pays the debt.

Screw the Obamaphones.... iPads for everyone!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:26 | 3124273 laboratorymike
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Wow! Inflation is eating away the value of Zimbabwe dollars fast, I had to pay $4 for mine a year ago!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:23 | 3123851 goodrich4bk
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Because it would take a separate act of Congress to approve such a denomination.  The highest denomination now is $500 or $1,000 (I don't know because I've never seen either one).  In contrast, Congress already passed a law authorizing the Treasury to issue platinum bullion coins in WHATEVER denomination the Treasury Secretary, in his DISCRETION, deems "APPROPRITE".

In other words, the platinum coin idea is a way to avoid Congressional approval to pay the government's debts if Congress refuses to raise the ceiling in March.  Yes, it would likely damage the government's credibiliy, but so will a refusal by Congress to authorize the payment of bills Congress has already incurred.

As I see it, the idea is no less "silly" than refusing to raise the debt ceiling.  If our Republican House doesn't want to spend, all they have to do is stop spending because our Constitution requires that ALL spending bills originate in the House.  Authorizing spending and then later refusing to allow the government either to raise taxes or borrow to pay for that spending is far more irrational that simply issuing more coin fiat.

In short, the coin idea is a message to the House that its ploy will not stop spending.  The only thing that will stop spending is to stop spending.  IMHO, that would be progress.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:08 | 3123501 delivered
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This article and comments basically sums it all up. To even have this idea presented and openly discussed (whether being somewhat serious or completely a joke) indicates a complete and total act of disperation in an attempt to solve a problem that can only be solved in one of two ways. The problem is too much debt and not enough underlying assets to support the debt. The solution is either default or hyper-inflate.

Ten years ago it would be unthinkable for the Fed to undertake outright monetization of US Debt (which it does openly in today's markets). And today, somehow a trillion dollar coin is going to be used to help solve the problem? Hard to believe a so called developed, modern, and forward thinking economy such as the US has to revert to the oldest trick in the book to keep their business open. Issuing IOUs that can never be repaid.

And I thought Disneyland (and well Las Vegas also) was the only place of dreams and fantasies. Hard to believe the US has actually reached this point.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:08 | 3123503 ziggy59
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So, since when have crazy shit ideas not been utilized by these poor excuses for leaders?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:09 | 3123506 The Navigator
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Everyone of these articles is an individual tree, add them all up and you got a forest or macro-view that says it's over, it's all done.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:11 | 3123518 debtor of last ...
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The 2014 rumour is: copper. So that people will diversify, put money in other metals (whatever) to prevent physical shortages in silver for example. Watch your back, only silver&gold!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3123540 Aurora Ex Machina
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 Why wait for 2014?

U.S. regulators have finally approved JPMorgan Chase & Co's controversial plan to launch a copper exchange-traded fund backed by actual stockpiles of the metal, dealing a blow to end users who fear the product will wreak havoc on prices.[17th Dec source]

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission set a new and final deadline of Feb. 22 to rule on the BlackRock fund. It said it needed more time to consider the issues surrounding the iShares Copper Trust, which along with JPMorgan’s fund has ignited fears among copper fabricators about their impact on prices and supplies.[source]

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:11 | 3123519 KingTut
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WHOA Dude!  Got innumeracy problems going here.

Annual mine production in 2010 was 192 tons.  So we obviously have produced A LOT more than 16 tons.  Your 25 ft cube weighs 9,490 tons, not 16!

So that represents about 50 years of today's production, which seems about right, given that heavy industrial usage is relatively recent.  However, This IDIOTIC coin would still weigh more than all the Platinum ever mined, most of which has been lost anyway.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:56 | 3123725 bombdog
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Agree  with you KingTut. The graph is way out and 16 tonnes is obviously wrong but it's still a cool story... one coin with face value of all the platinum ever mined!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3123557 Titus Flavius C...
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So far as I know, the $1 Trillion is just face value.


so why are you all talking about an amount of platinum worth that?

Look under section K:


I'm not even totally sure treasury could properly do it - I think the better argument is it *could* if Congress authorizes it, specifically, to pay debts to the fed by delivering coins...  complex stuff I'm not very knowledgeable about, freely - admittedly.


But this is a fiat coin, gents.  It's just that it could be made 'out of' platinum, goes the argument.


I think this is fiat versus fiat - read the Carney article.


parenthetically, Carney read his Krugman too quickly - Krugman did not write of it "approvingly" - in fact, his argument was a non-argument of unargued assertions and poor logic:

"In reality, to pursue the thought further, the coin really would be as much a Federal debt as the T-bills the Fed owns, since eventually Treasury would want to buy it back."


But that's totally false.

Fed owns US IOUs.  But it is obligated to take as payment anything which is legal tender.  This coin would be legal tender - the fed would have to take it.


In so doing, the federal reserve dollar value of the treasuries would vanish in a puff of logic.  The Fed would have a fiat coin valued as a trillion dollars that it couldn't do anything with.  It would *extinguish* a big chunk of the debt.


Jeeezus, does no one else see it this way?  Now those evil clown fucks in Congress would turn this potential leash on the fed's printing to a weapon against the american taxpayer, but if we had a Congress not run by the banks and major lobbies - it arguably would be a good way to counteract the increasing monetization of the debt.




Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:42 | 3123656 KingTut
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This whole thing is so stupid it's hard to belive.   Anyway, coins are money because they begin life with the intrinsic value of the metal being pretty close to the face value of the coin.  Thus, they retain their value eventhough the entity that issued it is not trustworthy.  So if the governement goes bankrupt, you can melt the coin down for more-or-less what it's worth.  

However, a 1 oz. coin with a face value of $1T is no different than a Federal Reserve Note with a face value of $1T.   It's value is symbolic not real.  It is a promise of 'payment' in the future.  In some circles tha's known as DEBT.  This thing has the saem intrinsic value as a dollar bill, it's an abstract IOU: "I will honor this in some unspecified way at some indefinite time in the future".  In the meatime just trade it for the goods you need.

This coin is a way to fool people into thniking its not a debt. Of course, it's a debt like all symbolic (fiat) money.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 18:32 | 3124056 tradewithdave
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Krugman equated the Fed to the U. S. Government which was a backhanded approval IMHO.  It's like Fannie was private when it was time to pay bonuses and public when it was time to bail it out.  Same game... different name.  Moral hazard aka Barney Frank.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:23 | 3123578 traderjoe
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Yes, it's a silly idea. But no more than any other monetary illusion. And FAR better than our present private debt-money fractional reserve monetary system. I also welcome any action that reveals the idiocy of sovereign debt and FRN's.

I think this article totally missed the point. Almost read like a guest post.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:23 | 3123582 Bluntly Put
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How big would this coin have to be just to get the text $1,000,000,000,000 legibly on the face of the coin?

Sounds like a WB7 project/design to me. ^.^



Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:28 | 3123593 Aurora Ex Machina
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$1012, so about the size of a Dime.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:24 | 3123585 BigPerm
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How many moon rocks are there currently on Earth?

500 lbs? The Gov't should declare moon rock value at 2,000,000,000 /lb. Problem solved.

If you happen to have moon rocks at home, you will be hit with a 99% withfall profit tax.

Am I the only one thinking clearly?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:30 | 3123586 BigPerm
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How many moon rocks are there currently on Earth?

500 lbs? The Gov't should declare moon rock value at 2,000,000,000 /lb. Problem solved.

If you happen to have moon rocks at home, you will be hit with a 99% windfall profit tax.

Am I the only one thinking clearly?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:19 | 3124256 are we there yet
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That would blast off NASA, but check the price of Helium 3, that is a real commercial moon business model.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:26 | 3124969 Arnold
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Twice as clearly,. evidently.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:27 | 3123603 balz
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I am no mathematician, but 25 square foot of platinum must weigh more than 16 tons.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 12:45 | 3125226 VelvetHog
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You can not have 25 square feet of platinum.  If you did it woudn't exist.  It has to have a third dimension if it exists at all it is CUBIC feet of platinum.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:30 | 3123614 ThaBigPerm
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Methinks the math regarding the factor by which the dollar would have to be devalued (1/1,100) is in error.  That implies this (these) coin(s) are made with the world's entire supply of platinum.  If we assume a one oz coin with a face value of $1Trillion is issued, the face value overstates the value of the underlying commodity's fair market value (for what that's worth these days) by a factor of around 625,000,000.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:35 | 3123617 Motorhead
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When I see 16 tons, I immediately think of Monty Python (and laugh accordingly).

Fun fact:  for those that looked over the German Spiegel article and saw/read the numbers, in German, "eine (1) Billion" equals one trillion.  One billion in German is a "Milliarde".

To head off any sarcasm:  I know, I know, if someone went to the link and read the article, they understand German.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:43 | 3123658 orez65
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Why make it a $1 Trillion platinum coin?

Why not make it a $16 Trillion platinum coin?

Then we could pay the entire Federal Debt!!

Or better yet make it a $32 Trillion platinum coin, pay the debt and distribute the rest to the American people!!

Or even better make it a $64 Trillion platinum coin, pay the debt, distribute $16 Trillion to the American people and $32 Trillion to the rest of the world!!

If you believe this shit you should get a brain transplant. As a matter of fact ALL liberal shitheads need a brain transplant or they should be turned into pets!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 21:46 | 3124414 tickhound
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Or we could just shoot 'em.  Fuck it.  And then take credit for the coin idea!!!  High five! 

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:44 | 3123664 Overfed
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Someone explain to me how minting a $1T (fuck it, why not $20T) coins or bills and forcing the Fed to accept them as payment is any different than just saying "fuck you, we ain't payin' shit"? A worthless bill or coin is just the same as nothing. Only an idiot could take that shit seriously.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:24 | 3124966 Arnold
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"............backed by the full faith and trust.........."

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:04 | 3123762 Likstane
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plahteenumb, BitChez!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:09 | 3123783 goodrich4bk
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I don't understand some of the posters here.  One key theme on this sight is that fiat is dangerous because it can be printed so easily.  Coins are fiat.  Ergo, a 1 trillion dollar platinum bullion coin is just as much an inflationary threat to the money supply as a $1 trillion bill.  If there is any difference at all, the platinum coin is slightly more "difficult" to print because the cost of printing is a little higher.

That said, there is NOTHING silly, illegal or odd about the idea of a $1 trillion platinum coin.  It is no different than a $1 trillion paper bond.  It is fiat.  So if Congress refuses to allow the Treasury to issue a $1 trillion paper bond (by refusing to raise the debt ceiling), then the Treasury is clearly entitled under its coinage authority to mint platinum coins in WHATEVER denomination the Secretary of the Treasury deems appropriate in his DISCRETION (the acts exact words).

Rail all you want about fiat, I agree.  But you've got to be kidding if you think the idea of the coin is silly, illegal or odd.  If so, you really don't yet understand what fiat is, do you?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:18 | 3124258 plata pura
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it be start in restoration of the treasury dept all whilst putting knee to the nuts of the jekyll isle cartel.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:09 | 3123791 laomei
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This is a stupid post in all honesty.  So what of the value of those $1 coins?  They are intrinsically pretty much worthless.  It has long been rare that any coin is composed of material which is reflected in the legal value assigned.


The scrap value of paper bills is nothing, this is no different.  It's not a "platinum standard" it's still fiat, but utilizing the loophole that the government has the full legal authority to coin money.  And platinum coinage can be assigned any value desired.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:13 | 3123804 Bunga Bunga
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"In reality, to pursue the thought further, the coin really would be as much a Federal debt as the T-bills the Fed owns, since eventually Treasury would want to buy it back."

Yeah, Treasury will buy the coin back, but not before depositing two new coins at the Fed.

The Ponzi is on!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:16 | 3123821 mt paul
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just checked under the couch cushions

no trillion dollar coins..


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:23 | 3123848 realtick
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Meet Jeff Macke 2.0 - It's A Trillion Dollar Meltdown

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:51 | 3123953 Eagle Keeper
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Yey! We can solve many problems at once here. They should print this on a 1 ounce piece of moon rock, thereby assigning intrinsic value to moon rock. Now, that would kick off a space race like no other! Just think of all the indistry that would spawn off. NASA would be in heaven (not literally).

And after all this technology develops our ability to look to Mars, we could us mars rock to print a 10 trillion coin on...  What a boon! 

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 18:17 | 3124024 DCon
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If 1 coin is such a good idea, then surely 2 coins is a better idea?


Why stop at 2? Mint 100 of them, print 100 trillion dollars and buy China. And Canada. And Greece





Fri, 01/04/2013 - 18:35 | 3124066 booboo
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Hey Tyler, you cheated,the red column is wider then the grey column so it is not a fair representation. (sarc off)

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 18:46 | 3124086 lucas991
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It doesn't say that the platinum has to be mined, it can be produced...

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:55 | 3124324 lakecity55
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I have a cunning idea! Why not a paper market in which we assign the value of 1 trillion dollars to the future Pt to be mined from Mother Earth?

That way, we can do what the Fed does every day.

I 'm going to the photoshop app and then my printer. When I get back Bit_chez, I will be worth 1 Trillion $$$$$$$!

I will then create Zero Hedge Nation.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 19:28 | 3124133 AU5K
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You didnt mine that platinum.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 19:32 | 3124146 Venerability
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The big question, of course, is why not a Godzilla-like GOLD coin?

The answer: We couldn't scrape up that much! And someone might actually test for the Tungsten.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:38 | 3124196 monad
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If I were to mint a trillion dollar ingot I would make sure it was so big that it could not be stolen. We could just etch Erkel's profile into the face of the moon with lasers and call it the trillion dollar coin. Something like that. 

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:42 | 3124300 logicalman
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This should be filed under: YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS!!!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 21:38 | 3124385 walcott
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Demand for plantinum must be really weak.

A youtube AK snuff video of striking miners or local zulus who really knows didn't drive demand.

So make up a hair brain story and get a bunch of tards to buy it.

Drive up the price then dump and flush.

That being said perhaps get some now.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 22:30 | 3124481 ejhickey
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i have an even simpler idea than THE MAGIC COIN:  repeal the debt ceiling law.  according to the MSM and the democrats, the only problem with our national debt and the debt ceiling law is that we fight about raising our debt limit.  Even tho we eventually raise the limit, the argument scares the markets because of the POSSIBILITY that we might not coninue to go further into debt.  however at the 11th hour , Congress saves the day by raising the limit again and promising to get serious about debt reduction.  

I say end the charade and the drama by repealing the debt ceiling law. No more limits means no more fighting about this issue .  therefore Confidence will be restored US goverment finances because there will be no question about whether we will continue to borrow.  of course having no limits on US  debt means US debt is infinite.  I wonder how long it would take the financial markets to catch on to that little twist and once they do if they would still have as much confidence in the US as we Quietly , run up additional trillions in debt.  Well,  at least we weren't fighting.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 23:48 | 3124602 sadpanda
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I kind of like the idea of a big ass willy wonka get out debt token. Be interesting to see how much muscle is wrapped around that bitch. Look at the armed guards guarding tungsten resverses at fort knox. I think we should put the debt tokens on a moon base. 

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 00:46 | 3124675 H E D G E H O G
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why don't the dumb fucks save themselves the trouble and just go ahead and Zimbabwe the fucking thing and just PRINT A TRILLION DOLLAR BILL! That's where we are at folks..................................sheeeeeesh.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 01:40 | 3124724 Au
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They should make it of wood. Better profit margins for seigniorage. ... Since they're so cost conscious.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:46 | 3125073 d edwards
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Yeah, sort of like wooden nickels! It would be about the same real value.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 07:03 | 3124904 adamas
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this article is bullshit. annual production of platinum is around 200 tonnes , I suspect the author forgot 3 noughts , 16,000 tonnes not 16


makes a small difference to the graphics.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:44 | 3125072 d edwards
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But it STILL wouldn't be enough to cover the debt! OMG!

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 08:18 | 3124963 Arnold
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Platinum Price Pumping.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:24 | 3125003 dunce
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I am sure the Saudis would be very amused if someone offered them a platinum coin for a super tanker of oil.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 10:55 | 3125082 d edwards
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If you have a basic understanding of economics, this is absurd on it's face.

However, it could really fly with the dumb masses-you know all those that voted to re-elect BO. With a little propaganda from the WH and the so-called media, the dumb masses could be clamoring for them to do it!


Sat, 01/05/2013 - 12:44 | 3125219 working class dog
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Make it out of plastic and hope you dont lose it, Johnny put it in the vending machine, OHHH SHIT>

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 13:08 | 3125275 Lmo Mutton
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Silly rabbits. Platinum is for kids.
Use Unobtainium.

Unobtainium is way more valuable than platinum. It is unobtainable. It is so unobtainable it would have to be minted in $20 Trillion dollar coins. Thereby requiring only one coin to raise the debt ceiling by $4 Trillion and solving all fiscal cliff issues rather quickly.

The Unabtainium coin could be place in a simple plastic case after discarding the worthless Silver American Eagle found inside.

Problem solved (or can kicked depending on perception) for at least several weeks, months if you are frugal.

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 15:53 | 3125533 The Beam
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I said this wouldn't work back in 2009 for the same reason. Even cited the same executive order and examples. Problem is THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE seem to think they can "contain it". 


*start sarcasm* Remember, Bernanke is a "student" of the Great Depression! Congrats Eugene Meyer Bernanke (1000 points to those who know the reference/reason)

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