Adrian Ash: When governments steal gold

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10:45a ET Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

In a new essay, Bullion Vault's research director, Adrian Ash, tells three fascinating and little-known stories of how governments confiscated gold: fascist Italy in 1935; Nazi Germany in 1939 with the assistance of the Bank of England and the Bank for International Settlements, two organizations of barely greater integrity that are still around; and -- how can we not call it "fascist"? -- Britain in 1966.

Ash concludes: "The moral of these tales? Because gold is no longer central to the world's monetary system, so-called 'confiscation' looks like a very 20th-century phenomenon today. But that may well change. Exchange controls such as Britain had in the 1970s (and which Italy didn't lose until 1999) are more likely -- because people, like governments, want to own gold when they fear inflation, financial strife, or political crisis. Holding it at home could expose them to theft or coercion. If they hold it safely at arm's length overseas, even a secure democratic jurisdiction requires clear ownership if you are retain control."

Ash's commentary is headlined "When Governments Steal Gold" and it's posted at Bullion Vault's Internet site here:

http://goldnews.bullionvault.com/gold-confiscation-120720125

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.



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