I travel a lot to other countries and I always have carried a few gold and silver coins for emergencies. My thinking was that if the whole world came crashing down I could barter my way out of the country or at the least cash in some for emergency funds. I just returned from an extended stay in India. The trip itself was not unplanned but I had to leave much earlier than expected and that affected my budget. Then I ran into a lot of unexpected expenses once there, including an extra week of hotel and living expense. My bank didn't have a branch in India so my ability to access different accounts was limited. So I ended up running very low on funds. I decided that it was time to dip into my emergency reserve. I started trying to sell a couple of American Gold Eagles. Without going into all the details, I ran into one brick wall after another. No one would buy them even when I was offering to sell them for a few hundred dollars under spot. I don't know if they just didn't know what they were, if they thought they might be fake, I don't know. I spent days going to gold markets, jewelery shops, even to the Coin Collectors Club in Delhi and could not find one single person interested in them. I even ran ads on their Ebay and a similar site Quikr. No response. I even tried to sell a few silver Liberty dollars thinking that a lower value might sell better. Nope. So that got me to thinking about just how practical will PM's be post SHTF. We always talk about the value of silver and gold in an economic collapse but if the dealers who buy those now are not available, how practical will it be? Will the everyday common person want to take coins in trade for goods? Will most people even realize their value? Would you be able to go to a post SHTF farmers market and trade pre-'65 silver for tomatoes? I am beginning to think that they might not be such a valuable item as we have always thought. If I couldn't sell them now, in a decent economy, how much luck would I have in an economic tsunami? It may be a better scenario in America, with American currency, but what about Krugerrands and even Maple Leafs? How much trouble would it be to sell or trade them in a devastated economy, to people who may never have seen one? I may convert a larger portion of my PM reserve into a more practical barter currency. Like ammo. I think a person might have a much better chance of trading boxes of .45 ACP for some tomatoes than pre-'65 dimes.