As I've said in another thread, I'm new to bullion and have lots of questions. I've been reading a lot for the past few months and have invested some money as well, with an interest in investing a lot more. My goals in obtaining bullion are for both passing gold and silver down to family one day down the line, as well as a form of keeping something tangible (other than cash) on hand to ease my lifelong dread of a scenario where life as we know it would fall apart, all heck would break loose, the electronic plug is pulled and cannot be retrieved for a long time, if ever, and the whole country (USA) is living as we did 200 years ago. No, I'm not a "Prepper", but my fears run deep (all my grandparents survived wartime scenarios where they escaped with their lives and anything they could carry, so, I suppose it made its impression...). Whether or not some awful scenario happens in my lifetime, it helps me to sleep at night to know that I have some currency on hand to buy life's necessities and survive. My first question is about security and avoiding counterfeiting. Although I only buy from reputable sellers like APMEX, JM Bullion, etc, I see that counterfeiting has gotten better and better over the years. Canadian Gold Maple Leafs seem to be ahead of this game by having radial lines and a microscopic privy. Here are my questions: 1 - Can anyone other than a dealer with expensive Canadian equipment confirm the microscopic privy on the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf? 2 - If not, then can a layman rely on that as a security measure when buying Canadian Gold Maple Leafs from a non-dealer? 3 - Are there any other gold bullion products that provide the Canadian-Gold-Maple-Leaf level of security from counterfeiting (which seems to only be getting better and better at their nefarious end-product as time goes on)? 4 - This question maybe should be a separate thread, but, in a scenario when all heck breaks loose in the world we live in: (a) how do you imagine being able to buy goods and services if the dollar or other fiat currency is not being used, and (b) how do you imagine most people being able to tell a counterfeit piece of gold or silver from a real one?