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Silver as Money? Give Me a Break!

By: David Morgan and Tom Jeffries,

-- Posted 1 October, 2009 | | Discuss This Article - Comments: Source:




Tom Jeffries of Interviews David Morgan of


Tom Jeffries:  David Morgan is editor and publisher of The Morgan Report. Full disclosure: it is my favorite publication. David is one of the leading experts on silver in the world. The Web site is You get all the details about The Morgan Report.


Mr. Jeffries:  Everybodyís talking about goldís place in the ďnew world order.Ē Woo! Letís not get spooky, folks. How would you expect silver to act in the event of a world oligopoly, David? 


David Morgan:  I think that, as I wrote so many years ago in Silver Investing Rules, no one likes to be a prophet of doom, but silver is the money of last resort, and I still believe that. However, gold certainly has a higher monetary aspect to it as basically a store of wealth, a store of value, and a safe haven. Silver has those qualities because itís an industrial metal as well.


But from a practical perspective, silver is the one that youíd be actually using in times of crisis. Not that you wouldnít use gold, but if something happened and you needed to get a loaf of bread, a gallon of gas, pay rent, or keep your landlord off your back, and you had some silver coins, that would be a lot more advantageous to you than a gold bar, which would be pretty hard to divide up and pay your landlord or whatever.


So silver really has been money in more places for longer periods of time than gold has, and whenever I make that statement it seems to get some people upset, but itís a fact, it canít be disputed. Through all of recorded history it (silver) has far more functionality as money than gold does.


Mr. Jeffries:  Okay. Iím playing devilís advocate for a second here with you, David. I guess that begs the question, and maybe you can explain, what central banks and those wily governments out there are going to do to resist the allure of silver for the average investor? As a money alternative?


Mr. Morgan:  Well, thatís a great question, Tom, and itís a tough one. To really get an in-depth answer to that question you should go to our Web site,, and go in the archives section and read everything Charles Savoie has written for the last decade.


Mr. Jeffries:  Yes, okay; I have read his work he has provided a massive amount through the years.


Mr. Morgan:  Readers get an eye-opener on how important silver is as money, what the central banks really think of it through history, and why they basically demonized and demonetized silver as their main concern so many years ago, hundreds of years ago, really. Youíre looking back to, say, the Crime of 1873, 120-130 years or so ago.


And once that was accomplished, you went to the gold-only path. And then you had a monetary metal that was much easier to control because the banks had most of the gold anyway. So if the banking community and financiers got rid of silver, you didnít have a problem with the people (or the peons and underlings, as the bankers view us), and you just had gold, and they owned it, so they could make the rules.


And as you know Tom, and very few do, The Wizard of Oz was basically a metaphor for going to the gold-only standard. Thereís a gentleman, whose name I canít recall, who wrote an article thatís on the Gold-Eagle Web site about how the gold-only standard eventually leads to the fiat system, but when you have bi-metalism, which is where you have both gold and silver circulating freely, not necessarily a fixed ratio by government but what the market could decide, you have a much freer and safer system.


You have a lot more stability in the system than you have on a gold-only standard, but very few people know that, very few people believe it, very few people study it. And if this is the government of the United States, supposedly of the people, for the people, and by the people, you should look at what the people use as money and why they use it.


Of course I take that perspective and because of that, Iím very, very biased toward silver being not only a monetary metal but also probably the most high-tech industrial metal required for todayís world.


Mr. Jeffries:  I was shocked, and I donít know why this was so obvious, standing right in front of my face, when I found out that Dorothyís shoes were originally silver in The Wizard of Oz and then I realized what Oz is short for ounce . . . I donít know where I was with that one! The Wizard of Oz, not time for that right now, but do some digging. Web of Debt, a book by Ellen Hodgson Brown, explains it very well.


Davidís written about this, itís just fascinating. Holy Williams Jennings Bryan, Batman! The old Latin phrase comes to mind, talking about these ETFs and banks and central banks and that stuff, Cui Bono. ďWho benefits?Ē in Latin. So, is this Goldman Sachs or is this one of the big guys behind the curtain (as in The Wizard of Oz) playing these ETFs or whatís going on?


Mr. Morgan:  Itís the banks. From my perspective, if you look at the Barclayís Silver Trust, itís in London. When Buffett bought 129.7 million ounces of fine silver off the COMEX, once he received the silver it ended up in London.


Then Buffett sells his silver and then the silver ETF arises in London, so now Barclayís bank has some control of a great quantity of silver. Just look at the two best studies on the silver market, depending on which one you choose. Iím going to choose the CPM Group (even though Iím very close to the Silver Institute). In any event, youíre looking at maybe 500-600 million ounces of fine silver in 1,000-ounce bar form. So, the iShares has almost 300 million, which means they have three-fifths, or 60 percent, of the worldís silver supply sitting in their bank more or less. Which is a pretty healthy amount, and then if you subtract the COMEX out of that, theyíve got most of it. In fact, they do have most of it, not counting COMEX, obviously, but the point is that the banks nowóor a bank, Barclayísóhas silver in their bank again, which is something that they havenít had up until the creation of the ETF.


Mr. Jeffries:  Tell me something about the Silver Summit in Spokane.


Mr. Morgan:  I did a Webinar with Hugo Salinas Price in Mexico and he actually asked that I would be the interviewer, which I consider to be an honor. I met him in person many years ago.


Most people donít know that Hugo Salinas Price has started a foundation (I donít know if itís technically a foundation, but a group) that is looking into using silver side-by-side with the Mexican peso, and this story has been out there for a very long time. It recently got shot down by, guess who, the central banks in Mexico. But the idea to put money into circulation just in one nation-state alone has huge significance, and as Hugo himself said (Iím paraphrasing), even if it doesnít happen the idea of it happening has a lot of power, because people will realize honest money works!


In the United States, some people are two paychecks or three paychecks away from bankruptcy, thus gold is the last thing on their mind as far as what they can afford. But they certainly could afford some silver, so I think youíre going to see silver really, really take off once we get near the end of this great credit debacle that weíre now experiencing. Again, though, I want to caution everybody: I donít see that happening in 2009. Iím looking for the final wrap-up in this thing to happen somewhere around the 2012 timeframe.


Mr. Jeffries:  Just an amazing time we live in. By the way, I know Davidís a very busy guy but heís kind enough to say he will answer questions. If youíve got a reasonable question send it along to, select David Morgan, and weíll send it along to David.


If he has the time heíll respond to it on his weekly podcast on And if youíre wondering about the Silver Summit in Idaho, just Google it; youíll see David is joined by a lot of top people, including the eminent Hugo Salinas Price.


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Mr. Morgan has followed the silver market for more than 30 years. He wrote the book Get the Skinny on Silver Investing. Much of his Web site,, is devoted to education about the precious metals; it is both a free site and does have a members-only section. Mr. Morgan has just written a free report titled, Silver Fundamentals, Fundamentally Flawed, which can be accessed here: Free Silver Report. To receive full access to The Morgan Report, click the hyperlink.

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Mr. Morgan publishes a private newsletter for serious precious metals investors. He hosts the web site: . He has been a private economist for over two decades his background in engineering , with an advanced degree in Economics/Finance. He has been interviewed on Don McAlvany's radio talk show, Financial Sense Newshour, Hard Money Watch, and appeared on television. Currently he does an internet radio wrap up each Friday discussing the economy and precious metals. Mr. Morgan was published in Global Investor regarding ten rules of silver investing. Currently, he is writing a book on silver.

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