Precious metals are a hedge to preserve wealth. They may not be worth a darn during a SHTF scenario, but sooner or later civilization will manage to reassert itself and the original, if not much more, of the value will be retained.One would like to think this would not be a passionate topic. It is safe to say those who say no won't have any. Okay, so much for them. How about the rest?
Historically, precious metals have always had value. Got a track record thousands of years old. I think the flaw in thinking precious metals will have little or no value is the assumption life will always be dire and tooth and claw forever post SHTF, read all of humanity goes down everywhere and we all will be primitives forever and ever. That is doubtful. Heck, some countries will probably keep right on having good times, or some areas. Man organizes, man trades, man needs and uses money. Precious meals deserve some place in ones prepping plans.
Yes...and when you need one or two of those things,how do you intend to pay for them?Why bother with metals? Really, if TSHTF or its TEOTWAWKI metals will be useless, currency will be food, tools, clean water, booze and ammo, not gold and silver.