my apologies if this is already elsewhere on here but i couldn't find it. ive read a lot about gold vs silver investing (personaly im pro silver) but something seems off about this to me. here is my thought: In any mid to long term restructuring of society (see long level 2 or even level 3 situations) wouldn't "precious" metals be worth much less than pure "base" metals such as iron, steel, copper, lead, or tin for those tinkers, blacksmiths or normal repairmen? (interestingly pure silver would be useful in some electrical uses that gold is useless for) So do you think simple ingots of these useful useable metals be worth more to someone in trade in a rebuilding society? this was a plani had considered, a few hundred lbs. of each in ingot form to form tools, parts or just as trade currency? "precious" is a frame of mind, which is more precious? a gold coin or a sewing needle, a silver bar or a fishing hook, a diamond ring or one more bullet? what do you think?