I've seen recommendations on this board and elsewhere that one should lay aside some gold and / or silver in case TSHTF. That seems to make sense to me. What I've never seen discussed, though, is how much to set aside, or in what denominations. It seems that if you were to stock up on 1 oz gold coins, and then try to buy a few eggs after TSHTF, you'd have trouble getting change (or you'd be buying some pretty expensive eggs). Any rules of thumb for deciding how many 1/10 oz or 1/2 oz gold coins versus 1 oz silver coins versus junk silver (pre-1964) US coins to set aside? Other than "as many as you can", of course. I've priced out the different options online and there's a pretty big premium for the smaller-denomination gold coins or even silver 1 oz coins. Last night this premium seemed to range from 10% for the 1 oz gold Maple Leafs to about 25% for the silver 1 oz coins. That means that a 1 oz Maple Leaf gold coin is selling for $577 when gold is selling for $526.30 per ounce (a 9.6% premium). Pretty steep, it seems, but silver is even worse - a 1 oz American silver eagle sells for $11.25 while silver sells for $8.99, a 25.1% premium. (These numbers came from www.ccsilver.com.) So it seems you have to weigh the higher price of smaller coins against the convenience you'd get from the smaller values. Thoughts? Recommendations?