All The Gold In The World - The Definitive Infographic

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In the aftermath of the Chairman's painful waste of time "interactive" session, which addressed precisely zero of the relevant questions, we would like to ground readers with a real, hard, monetary equivalent, which unlike paper money, has retained its worth over the past 2000 years, and one which no central planning committee can create out of thin air at will. Gold. The chart below should put it all into perspective.

and for those who may have forgotten it, here is what happens when one can create paper out of thin air: America's (not even the entire world's) derivative universe. Just a tad more.... diluted.

Courtesy of Demonocracy

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:50 | 3152413 Cult of Criminality
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See what happens when you loot the most countries through war,theft, rape and pillage.......You get the largest stack.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:49 | 3152554 Big Corked Boots
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OK, that worked for US and Germany... but where did italy get theirs?

No, really. What is the history behind the Italian holdings? I'm an American and not well edumacated in Yropeon history.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:23 | 3152738 TuesdayBen
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Includes the Vatican's stash?!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:51 | 3152414 Downtoolong
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Hey, aren't those Buffett's trucks?

Lying bastard.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:54 | 3152421 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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Looks to me like there is sufficient gold there to back the worlds monetary system with enough left over to make a baseball sized lump of the stuff just for screwing around with.


Then again, I have been informed by many people smart enough to have avoided reading Rothbard that I am an ignoramus who who knows?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:12 | 3152471 NidStyles
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They should have read Rothbard.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:54 | 3152425 Al Huxley
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An infographic showing total paper claims to gold beside total physical gold available to meet said paper claims might be illustrative, and help certain people get their heads around why this may turn out to be an issue someday, and why holding a few coins or bars in your own possession might be a good idea.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:00 | 3152439 BTFDemocracy
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If someone can provide some solid data on that, it will be added.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:04 | 3152453 The Shootist
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You make these? Good work, keep it up sport!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:29 | 3152512 jomama
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those data are in a perpetually expanding mobius loop by design, or so it would seem. 

nice work btw.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:57 | 3152432 billsykes
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Where is all the gold that canada, home of the most sound banks in the world?


They have no gold. 

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:08 | 3152445 krispkritter
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OT but just ran across this today:

"From England to the USA: "The whole world is relying on the United States”

Not sure of the original source but thought it was good...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:27 | 3152506 Wanton1
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Dear Congress,

We thank you for taking the guns.

Now, how about the dogs?

Yours truly,

Home Invaders




Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:16 | 3152482 From Germany Wi...
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:32 | 3152519 walküre
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And from NY as well. Pray that Weidmann is really interested in repatriation and currency reform

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:24 | 3152496 Al Huxley
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Also, the chairman's session, far from being a 'painful waste of time' was probably the comedic highlight of the day, at least for me.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:33 | 3152501 Arbysauce
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Just ran across this a couple days ago: Fiat Money Inflation in France.  I thought it was even more useful than 'When Money Dies.'

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:35 | 3153250 moonstears
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Thanks, sauce! Have to read it then!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:26 | 3152502 mayhem_korner
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U.S. = 8,133.5 tons...and the .5 represents the weight of the yellow paint on the tungsten.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:26 | 3152503 walküre
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Thousands of years later and people are lining up to see the gold treasures of Tutenchamun.

Will people line up - EVER - to see the paper treasures of Ben Bernanke?

And yet, the (insert a certain religious group which by sheer coincidence has control over all the paper money in the world) confetti they're printing is supposed to impress us?

I rest my case.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:27 | 3152507 Pumpkin
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$7 Trillion in gold?  How many dollars are there?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:45 | 3152807 palmereldritch
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7 platinum-coins-from-the-Treasury-worth but nowhere for them to spend it...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:31 | 3152518 Pumpkin
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All right.  Why the hell do they want the gold, when they don't use the gold?  I mean, WTF?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:59 | 3152577 Save_America1st
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gee, so what's the problem? ;)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:02 | 3152585 Fix It Again Timmy
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You want security?  Live next door to a competent farmer....

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:09 | 3152604 Whiner
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Give me the US$. It s high quality paper with serious rag content and silk weave. I'm s saving in my basement.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:29 | 3152645 Joe moneybags
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Several months supply of cash, safely stored, is a good idea, regardless of the yearly devaluation.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:25 | 3152917 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Whiner said:

Give me the US$. It s high quality paper with serious rag content and silk weave.

But it's only single ply.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:26 | 3152639 Joe moneybags
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If all of the gold in the world were distributed evenly among the 6+ billion of us on the earth, we each would posses about an ounce of the stuff.   It is simply too rare, and the known ore bodies are mostly in the "wrong" hands, for it to be used to back our currency.  We stackers should be happy that's the case, and that our little hoards will more than out-pace currency devaluation.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:42 | 3153261 MeelionDollerBogus
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EVERYTHING of useful tangible value can be traded - so long as those attaining gold are doing so for something that's not gold but is in demand, in need, then there's no problem. The ratio of gold supply to supply of goods is what matters, NEVER the population size. The gold is after all not traded for people, it's traded for STUFF.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:32 | 3152650 joego1
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Just think all of that money fits neatly into a single memory chip! Better yet, they figured out how to make us believe that its real. What will they think of next?


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:40 | 3152671 Save_America1st
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They need a graphic of all the guns we have in America (probably have to be an estimate), then let's just see how the Marxists are going to try and disarm us!


You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.

Isoroku Yamamoto - 1941
Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:39 | 3153252 MeelionDollerBogus
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Except now it would be ding-dongs & morbidly obese parents rolling after their obese children trying to get that last bag of potato chips and morning pizza bought with EBT. Times have changed.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:43 | 3152677 gratefultraveller
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OT (well, not really)

Sales of Silver dollars at the US Mint in January 2012: 6,107,000 oz

Sales in January 2013 sofar: 5,082,000 oz


Nuff said...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:47 | 3152683 gratefultraveller
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...and for gold in January 2012: 127,000 oz

2013 sofar: 110,500 oz


Gold & Silver bitchez!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:08 | 3152695 Rusty Shorts
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A Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury

Riverdale–on–the–Hudson, OCTOBER 15, 1902..

The Hon. The Secretary of the Treasury, Washington, D. C.:

Sir: Prices for the customary kinds of Winter fuel having reached the altitude which puts them out of the reach of literary persons in straitened circumstances, I desire to place with you the following order:

Forty-five tones best old dry government bonds, suitable for furnace, gold 7 per cents, 1864, preferred.

Twelve tons early greenbacks, range size, suitable for cooking.

Eight barrels seasoned 25 and 50 cent postal currency, vintage of 1866, eligible for kindlings.

Please deliver with all convenient dispatch at my house in Riverdale at lowest rates for spot cash, and send bill to your obliged servant.

Who will be very grateful and will vote right.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:59 | 3152712 Agstacker
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Can we get a silver visualized please?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:26 | 3152743 reTARD
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The Bernank helicopter was a nice touch!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:48 | 3152776 AgAu_man
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Cool, impressive -- in a tragic sort of way.  But... at the risk of stating what should be obvious:

Why not do the same for Silver and Platinum?  And then normalize fiat currency (or debt) to the total PM.  This way, there is more PM to spread 'it' (the sinking, stinking fiat) over.

And, at some point, aren't Strategic Metals & Rare-Earth Minerals going to be more desirable than "oil"?  Study depletion rates and reserve volumes for these.  And their uses.  You may be surprised.  E.g. why is Warren Buffe(t) trying to corner Tungsten?  Besides to control the value-chain for the metal used to "salt" Gold.  Is he doing it for defensive or offensive reasons?  He's not doing it for a 'quick buck', that much we all know.

Since we live in the Land of Bubbles, Snake-Oil Salesmen and Ponzis... Whenever one metal gets too much attention, I think of The Magician's Trick:  Distraction & Action.  I.e., what is being ignored or overlooked -- by accident or design?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 23:16 | 3153049 orangegeek
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Yes, we are ready to deleverage.  Not sure we are ready to convert to gold and away from fiat.


Gold is backed by its value and if you throw it at someone and it hits, it will hurt.


Fiat backed by the US military is the choice of the US - and it's good of the world to follow along.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:53 | 3154512 Chmee
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The Military Holds the Dollar Up

by Catherine Austin Fitts (

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 23:44 | 3153126 Radical Marijuana
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Perhaps it illustrates the subservient colonial status of Canada that, despite being a major producer of gold, Canada has sold most of what it held at low prices, and so, Canada does not even appear on this chart?

Perhaps sort of like South Africa?

De facto social slavery at work?

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 00:16 | 3153207 Barbaric relic
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Canada bought into the neo-Keynesian concept that gold just sits there whereas government bonds pay interest.  If you look at what Keynes really wanted to see backing money was an international reserve currency that was 100% backed by a basket of some thirty commodities that included gold and silver.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 03:38 | 3153235 MeelionDollerBogus
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didn't you hear?

Gold is backed by NOTHING!

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 04:27 | 3153457 Karl von Bahnhof
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Now I can see the reason of "bomb bomb Iran" with my eyes!

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:47 | 3154498 Chmee
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That and their willingness to accept other forms of payment than Dollars for their oil sales.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 05:19 | 3153481 saulysw
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To me the odd one out here is ITALY. Do they really have almost 2,500 tons of Gold? Really? Where is it kept?

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 08:33 | 3153595 Pumpkin
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I do not see Rothchilds stash of gold in the graphic. Oh, wait, I get it.  It's all theirs.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 08:51 | 3153618 Quinvarius
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170k tons is a 100 meter square cube.  However, counting all the gold outside the central government banking system and comparing it to paper money prices is like saying all the trees in the world also count as paper money because they could be made into paper money someday.  What matters is the gold in government storage when figuring government wealth and ability to back paper money.  Government gold is about a 17 meter cube.  Also, I don't believe the estimated "all the gold mined in history" can ever be found or verified.  They might be able to come up with half that number if they held everyone at gunpoint.

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