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Gold Coins in a Fiat Currency



Publishing details

IFA Working Paper

Authors / Editors

Neuberger A J

Publication Year



We investigate the feasibility of minting gold coins with a face value in excess of their bullion value, to circulate as currency alongside paper money. The problem is modelled in a partial equilibrium setting where individuals hold money because they face unpredictable liquidity shocks. Gold coins have a positive expected return. They are less costly to hold than money and are used to meet large, infrequent shocks. An issue of gold coins increases total money demand. Depending on the nature of the liquidity shocks, the seignorage gains to Government from the increase in money holdings may exceed the cost of the gold used in the coins.

Publication Research Centre

Institute of Finance and Accounting

Series Number

FIN 350


IFA Working Paper

Available on ECCH


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