Comment: Silver is better than gold...

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Silver is better than gold...

...because in a full blown economic breakdown, silver has anti-microbial properties that could make it useful to yourself or the local doctor, even if there is no functioning metals market. Not very long ago, milk delivery people (i.e. the milkman) would put a silver dime into the gallon of milk, as that delayed spoiling. Many people would toss a silver dollar into their rainwater cisterns to inhibit baterial growth, although most of them didn't really know why it worked. It's entirely a topical/external type of use, but it's a common & local use of silver that gold does not share. In the absence of a metals market, gold is only useful to the common man as a replacement for lead in bullet molds.