DENVER (CBS News) - Colorado State Senators will consider a bill that would allow people to use gold and silver as currency.
A similar measure is already in place in Utah and is being considered in 12 other states, reports CBS Station KCNC.
Supporters are concerned about the strength of the U.S. dollar.
The sponsors of the bill say they are concerned about the strength of the U.S. dollar, public debt, and currency devaluation.
"Over history just about every country in the world that has had a serious debt crisis has intentionally inflated their currency," Sen. Kent Lambert, R, told KCNC's Michelle Griego.
Lambert said that can easily happen in this country, so he's sponsoring a bill that would allow people to use gold and silver coins like cash.
"Coins that are minted by the U.S. government should be something that we can use in trade," he said.
After World War gold and silver coins were banned as currency in the U.S. To use gold and silver coins today they have to be converted to paper dollars. So a $20 gold coin in the 1800s is still legally worth $20, even though its real value may be a lot more.
On Friday gold was trading at more than $1,700 an ounce.
Lambert says if the bill passes people will not be walking around with bags of gold coins, but it's an alternative for them to feel more secure with their money.
© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.