I am not sure if these numbers are 100% correct. But I recently read that: Since the US went off the gold standard in 1933 ... the dollar has lost 96% of it's value. If you look at it only from the year the US went off the silver standard in 1965 -- the dollar has lost 76% of it's value. The number since 1965 seems to be reasonable. I know you could buy a cheap car for about $3,000 back '65 ... and today a cheap car will run you about $12,000. Other things like houses and gasoline have gone up more than 4x. In light of this, i dont know why more people don't buy bullion as a hedge on inflation.