In related news, the U.S. Mint suspends production of proof and uncirculated gold and silver coins. They claim that they can't get the blanks fast enough to mint enough coins, which is complete bullscheisse. You may recall last year's shortage of physical gold. That would obviously have been a sign that the Mint needed to ramp up production. But no, a year later, they still can't meet demand, claiming that they can't get enough "blanks," the coin-shaped pieces of gold on which the Mint impresses the images and writing.
Let me let you in on a little secret. If the government wanted you to have gold, it would not be a problem to find a company that was able to form gold into little blank coin-shaped pieces. A hobbyist machinist could set up a pretty good operation in his garage to do this.
JDA hereby tips her hat just for use of bullscheisse alone. Oh, and