FOREWORD CHAPTER 1: HISTORY OF GOLD Death stars and the birth of money CHAPTER 2: INFLATIONS PAST AND PRESENT The storm without warning CHAPTER 3: FRACTIONAL RESERVE BANKING Why it's gold's best friend CHAPTER 4: INVESTOR DEMAND Is there sufficient supply? CHAPTER 5: THE US DOLLAR How did it become the world's reserve currency? IMAGE LIBRARY CHAPTER 6: GOLD'S MANIPULATION CHAPTER 7: THE CHINA EFFECT CHAPTER 8: WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS CHAPTER 9: THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS AND THE FUTURE CURRENCY CRISIS CHAPTER 10: SILVER The not-so-poor cousin of gold CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY
Peter J. August is the founder and CEO of the Melbourne Mint. With over 25 years of experience in the precious metals and numismatics industries, Peter is one of Australia's most respected precious metals experts. He is also the Managing Director of Australian Bullion Company (ABC), the founder and Managing Director of numismatics company, Universal Coin Company, and the founder and Managing Director of Gold Merchants International (GMI). In addition, Peter is a founding member of the Australasian Numismatics Dealer Association and is involved in property and farming interests. Peter is an avid believer that investing in gold safeguards one's wealth and he therefore advocates gold as an asset class as opposed to simply being defined as a commodity. His decades of business experience and relentless dedication to the gold industry have established him as one of Australia's premium authorities on gold. Peter has worked hard to ensure that Melbourne Mint offers the finest level of service and the highest quality product. Through this, his aim is to position Victoria as Australia's premier gold state.