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Goldstein@238 
To put into perspective. The total amount of gold is estimated to be be around 212582 tonnes. Per world gold counsil.
abductedbyaliens@75 
Some stats on gold production from mines. Source gold.org
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itchyeyeballs@3 
What's really inside Fort Knox? The golden secrets of the US Bullion Depository revealed

You may be aware of Fort Knox from the James Bond movie Goldfinger, or from the old cartoon where Bugs Bunny tricks Yosemite Sam into digging up some of the gold bars and getting arrested.

But what do you really know about the U.S. bullion bunker in Kentucky?

The Fort Knox gold vault is one of the most secure and secret places in America. Because few people have ever gotten inside, the gold depository is a subject of fascination and speculation.

Here are 10 things we know — and maybe don't know.

1. It holds tons of gold — literally
Fort Knox currently houses 147.3 million ounces of gold. The government says the bullion has a "book value" of $6.22 billion.

However, that's based on a fixed price that officials set in 1973. Based on the current market value of gold, the reserves at Fort Knox are worth a far more impressive $273.7 billion, roughly speaking.

Much of the gold in the vault is in the form of 27-pound bars, while a percentage is in gold coins.

At one time, the point of having all of that gold was to provide backing for U.S. currency — but the dollar was taken off the gold standard in 1971.

2. Is the gold really in there?
So why does the U.S. hang onto its gold stash?

"Just in case we need it," is the explanation a former Federal Reserve Board chairman reportedly gave.

Conspiracy theorists have insisted that the government secretly sold off the gold and that the gold bars are actually tungsten bricks painted to look like the precious metal.

There's no way for outsiders to say with absolute certainty if there's really bullion — or if it's all bull. Over the years, there have been few audits to test the gold, or inventories to count it.
alice@1 
Start by having 4-6 months expenses in a emergency fund. No debt besides mortgage ( especially CC). Do your due diligence BEFORE any purchase. Lastly, buy from LCS or reputable dealers.
pulp@16 
I want to start collecting gold
I have a extra 5k and o want to buy gold what are some things I should look out for?