This afternoon I spent some time sorting out some of my junk and I found my old coin collection from when I was a lad and it got me thinking. What makes money valuable? In the olden days when Auld Yin was a twinkle in his Fathers eye they had gold and silver coins to use. You could go any where in the world with a silver or gold coin and buy something, no need to get robbed at the bureau de exchange. In short, modern money is a bit cr@p it's copper-nickel alloys, it's not shiney, it's not got that nice feel Lets be fair "Cross my palm with Alloys" does not have the same ring. Digging up a chest full of nickel alloy just does not get the blood rushing. Our currency is Stirling not Alloy! If we go back to Gold and Silver coins Gordon Brown would have a heart attack so it's not all bad!