Central Bank Of Uzbekistan Introduces Parallel Currency: Gold

Since November 2020, the central bank of Uzbekistan (CBU) issues sealed gold bars with a QR-code for real time verification. With these new bars CBU aims to stimulate gold to be used as a store of value, as well as promote the circulation of gold.

More and more governments and central banks around the world are promoting gold as a store of value. Not surprisingly, as gold has proven to preserve its purchasing power over thousands of years, and it’s becoming ever more clear the future of fiat currencies is shaky (yes, central banks are aware of this).

The above statement from the central bank of Italy should be interpreted as a warning: money issued by central banks has counterparty risk and can lose its value, while gold retains its value. The development of central banks promoting gold is a slow shift from plan A (fiat) towards plan B (gold), as I have written about herehere, and here.  

Uzbekistan is pro gold as well—roughly 57% of CBU’s international reserves consist of gold, and since November CBU is incentivizing the population to buy gold as a store of value through its innovative gold bars. 

The new gold bars issued by CBU have a special protective packaging, which includes three security layers: a unique serial number, a QR-code for real time digital authenticity verification, and a membrane that changes color when broken.

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Courtesy CBU.

The gold bars are 999.9 fine, available in weights of 5, 10, 20 and 50 grams, and their packages all have the size of payments cards. The gold bars are sold through twenty-eight commercial bank offices throughout the country. At any point in time the bars can be sold back to the dealing banks, even if the seal is broken. Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat (NMMC), an LBMA accredited refinery, is responsible for sourcing the gold. The packaging technology was developed in cooperation with Certiline.

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