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Good topic, for us it’s all about our community first. We live 6 miles from a small town. Since gold is a commodity found in the rivers and creeks around here, I figure that we can organize a work detail and a security force to protect our finds. The plan is to use this wealth for the community and it’s restoral. Gold will always have intrinsic value, maybe not at first but after a while we can use it to purchase needed equipment and supplies.
I know that you can’t eat the stuff, but I bet I can trade a coffee can full of it for a badass tractor or some other food producing machinery… You did say long term, so after the initial shtf event and assuming that we survive it, our preps should take us into the post system collapse long enough to consider a “Rebuild” locally.