Ok, I know a lot of folks have gotten into stocking up on PMs for barter and investment and so on. From what I understand most of this is in the form of coins cast from PMs like silver or occasionaly gold, and that the price is based on the value of the metal but priced above the selling price for that amount of the PM they are made from. If Im wrong on these basics please let me know but assumeing Im right the questions are as follows. If being used as barter, especialy in a SHTF situation (economic or general) would the trade value be expected to be based on the face value or weight or would it be something else? If its based on weight would say pure silver that was not in coin form also be of the same value per weith measurement? Since its cheper to buy silver thats not in the form of coins but rather bars or some other form, how viable would it be to say buy it in other cheaper forms then put it in uniform 'denominations' suitable for trade by weight, in other words small enouph to be practical? Would say getting a bullet mold say for .50 cal bals and casting the pure silver into balls this way be practical and how useful would this be in your opinions? I had just been reading one of the other PM threads and it made me start wondering about this so figured I would toss it out there for some of you folks who had more knowledge on the subject.