I'm getting a small amount of money from a personal injury settlement for a bicycle accident I had a few years ago and I'm contemplating putting $3,000 or so of that money into Gold in case TEOTWAWKI happens. Only thing is I can't quite understand how in the absence of money no longer being of value as a result of TEOTWAWKI, how exactly Gold will be used as currency. Specifically, let's say I hypothetically have several $500 Gold Coins (Pieces?). 1. How exactly will anyone know if its real or not especially if there is no "Gold Office" within hundreds of miles? 2. Let's say that the genuineness of the Gold Coins isn't an issue. How exactly do I make small purchases with it or I don't and am limited to buying say $500 worth of stuff at a time and not say $50-100? Finally is having $3,000 in gold on hand enough to make any kind of difference in TEOTWAWKI or am I just better off keeping my money in cash for the present? Thank you for your thoughts.