Colo. bill would legalize gold, silver currency

Colorado State Senators will consider a bill that would allow people to use gold and silver as currency.

A 1933 "double eagle" gold coin. (US Mint/AP)

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.

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