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George Osborne's Threepenny Pound

And now over live to the House of Commons in London for chancellor George Osborne's Budget Statement...
OF COURSE, the prerequisite of sound money is a sound currency.
Thankfully Mr Deputy Speaker, the British Pound has instead become vulnerable to forgery.
Indeed, between 2009 and 2011 one operation in central London alone produced £375 billion, and immediately laundered it through the banking sector.
Its work in the currency and debt markets also cost businesses and the taxpayer billions each year in lost interest.
One pound in every three now owed by government has come from this forgery. So that debt can be written off cost-free in the coming years.
But there is still more to do – and today we take action to devalue the nation's debt still faster.
I can announce that we will move to a new, highly ironic £1 coin. Our new pound coin will blend the nominal value of £1 with inspiration from our past – the threepenny bit.
This move brings inflation forward by 50 years. It is all part of a long term economic plan.
A more resilient thruppenny for more resilient inflation.

Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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