“I seemed to be a lone voice with an unjustified concern at the time”
I think generally there is a lot of agreement and disagreement that goes without comment.
If you get down to the basics what has the most value? Water, food and shelter, then the materials that support obtaining and keeping them. If I have plenty of food I might want TP, but if I’m starving I rather have food as the TP will be useless. Would I be able to find someone that had enough surplus to trade gold for food? I don’t know if that will be true. Lead, now I’m fairly certain I could trade lead for other goods.