As the USD price of Bitcoin reached and then surpassed the USD value of gold last week, there has been a great deal of discussion over which is a better form of wealth protection to own. In fact, both Bitcoin advocates and gold bugs alike agree at the foundation that both are better alternatives to holding one's money in fiat currencies like the dollar or euro, and in financial institutions that are only solvent because central banks have been printing money to prop them up.
But this is where the similarities end as at their core, one is no different than all sovereign based fiat currencies created and backed by nothing while the other is a physical tangible asset that has a 5000 year track record of being used as both money, and a globally recognized store of wealth.
So the questions that have to be addressed regarding the rise of Bitcoin at the present are; is Bitcoin actual money, is it a viable medium of exchange, does it function as a store of wealth, and lastly, does its volatility make it more of a speculative investment rather than a currency able to be used in all types of commerce?
Yet rather than try to argue and debate each of these points regarding the future use and acceptance of Bitcoin, what if the future of crypto-currencies was to actually back them with something tangible? And that is exactly what is now emerging between a U.S. and Australian company as the two have created a new crypto-currency called OZcoinGold that provides all the decentralized and secure features that are intrinsic with most other forms of digital money on the Blockchain, but it is also being backed by physical gold at a ratio of 1 oz to every 100 OZcoins.
A US company, in partnership with an Australian publicly listed mining company, will launch the world's first crypto-currency backed by gold. www.ozgld.comThe launch will be at the South By Southwest (SXSW) on March 10th, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
The creation of OZcoinGold, a crypto-currency developed on the 3rd Gen. blockchain, was conceived by CTO Joh Breytenbach when he realized that capital intensive public listed commodity and resource companies experience excessive expenses when raising capital for expansion as well as high regulatory restrictions and high loan costs.
Further Ira stated "An advantage to the owner of OZcoinGold is that gold is purchased at the regular Gold price Benchmark, thus ignoring the Bid – Ask variation, which can be significant."
The value proposition is that the gold mining company has a proven reserve of 600,000 ounces of gold under the international geocode which is sufficient as a security over any financial instrument. Further "assayed reserves" are estimated at more than 10 million ounces of gold. The mine has given OZcoinGold security over 100,000 ounces of this gold reserve.
The OZcoinGold is issued in the ratio of 100 OZcoinGold per one ounce of 24 karat gold. So each ounce of Gold backs one hundred OZcoinGold coins. - Yahoo Finance