Buy As Much Silver As You Can Carry And As Much Gold As You Can Afford

I received an email from someone that got me thinking about coins vs bars and silver vs gold – and talking to your neighbors. All of this is pretty heavy stuff – in some cases, literally. And, we jump into all of it with a great degree of trepidation. I mean, do we REALLY understand what we’re getting into?

There really is a  lot that we don’t understand, so we have to take a lot on faith as we decide to prepare for an uncertain future. In fact, I’m here to tell you that I myself approach all this with a great deal of fear. Could I be wrong about all this?

Yes, I could be wrong, but the chance of that is pretty slim. As I look around at the insanity of what is going on in our world, I cannot imagine how everything could work out in the way that the talking heads of the mainstream media seem to imply. So, let’s talk about one of the few, sane options that you and I have.


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Buy As Much Silver As You Can Carry

A friend of mine was leaving Taiwan for the US, so I bought him a 10 oz. bar of silver. And, I was amazed at how heavy it was. That chunk of metal had some serious heft to it. And, that made me realize that you wouldn’t be able to get very far, if you put any serious amount of money into silver, and then had to run for the hills with it in your backpack.

If the price of silver was $20/ounce, just $29,166.85 would buy over 100 pounds.



note: there’s a rather complex computation involved in how I got that figure. A troy ounce is NOT equal to a regular ounce. Troy ounces are heavier than a regular ounce (or, International avoirdupois ounce). And, all precious metals are weighed in either troy ounces or grams/kilograms. To give you an idea of the difference between ounces and troy ounces, here’s how they convert into grams:

1 troy ounce = 31.1034768 grams

1 ounce = 28.349523125 grams


Can you carry 100 pounds?

I might be able to lift it, but I wouldn’t get very far with it. So, if I plan on bugging out when everything falls apart, I wouldn’t be able to buy very much silver. However, since I plan on sticking around (i.e., ‘bugging in’) in a collapse situation, I can buy a whole lot more silver.

(You could say that I’ve already ‘bugged out’ by choosing to live in Taiwan. However, Taiwan is a rather densely populated island. If things get really bad here, there’s really nowhere to run to. So, I might as well buy as much silver as I can.)

Those of you with full and heavy ‘bug-out bags’ will still want some silver. Trading a gold coin for a bag of groceries doesn’t sound like a good bargain to me. A silver coin would be a much better deal.

But wait. Is that the only reason why I am so interested in silver?

The Case For Silver

Would you believe that I like silver because I’m stingy?

I don’t like paying full price for ANYTHING. Everything is better when it’s on sale. And, right now, silver is at ‘bargain-basement’ and ‘firesale’ prices. I mean, silver is probably the best deal on the planet.


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Gold/Silver Price Ratio

Normally, the relationship between gold and silver is less than 16-to-1, or one troy ounce of gold would be equal to just under 16 troy ounces of silver. As the industrial revolution took off, as well as the rise of financial markets, that ratio got distorted. Here’s a graph to help illustrate:

324 Years Of The Gold-To-Silver Ratio (copyright Years Of The Gold-To-Silver Ratio

Source: SeekingAlpha

Silver Manipulation

What does this graph tell you?

The price of silver is manipulated. And, it’s been manipulated since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1870s.

Industrial Uses For Silver

Why did they do this?

Well, industry needs silver. Lots of it, so they want to keep the price of silver as low as possible. But, the manipulators have a problem. They’re running out of silver, and the demand for silver is going to take off. But, lets talk a little bit about the uses of silver before going on.

Here are a few pages that talk about silver in greater detail:

All of that is pretty cool, right?

How Much Silver Mined vs. Gold

But, here’s the bottom line. Over half of all the silver being pulled out of the ground is consumed (you saw that right, CONSUMED) by industry. And, by comparison, only about 10% of gold is used by industry. (However, gold doesn’t get consumed since it is virtually inert – meaning that you can almost always get it back.) Okay, so hold onto that fact, because I’m about to throw another bit of information at you.

There are currently 8.52 ounces of silver mined for every ounce of gold.

Available Silver vs. Gold

But, wait. We know that about half of all silver is consumed (never to be seen again) by industry – while just 10% of gold is used (not consumed) by industry. So, what’s the proper ratio?

4.25 vs. .9 or…

[pause for a little algebra]

…3.825 ounces of silver for every ounce of gold

But, there’s ANOTHER fact to pay attention to. (And, it’s VERY important.)

[drum roll, please]

Peak Silver

There’s a limited amount of silver in the ground. In fact, we are beginning to see the possibility where we may reach a peak in silver production. When that happens, a decline in production will begin. (Here’s another discussion of Peak Silver:

Do you think that industry is going to stop consuming silver, just because there has been a decline in silver production?

Nope. They’re going to keep consuming it. And, this is an important thing to remember because it points to a decline in the supply of silver – long term.

Price of Silver to Rise

For those of you who remember economics 101, what does a decline in supply do to the price of something?

A decline in supply forces the price to go up.

This means that silver has a much brighter future that gold. In fact, it is even possible for silver one day… in the very long term future… for silver to be more valuable than gold. But, let’s get back to the hard numbers.

A Bigger Rise in the Price of Silver – Gold/Silver Ratio

Remember that graph that I showed you?

The gold/silver price ratio?

Right now, it’s just over 65 ounces of silver to an ounce of gold. Do you think that this ratio is going to continue, especially since the amount of silver stored in warehouses has declined dramatically?

Nope. That ratio of 65-to-1 is going to dramatically change over the next few years. The next question is what the proper ratio is going to be?

Remember that before the Industrial Revolution, that ratio was 16-to-1. What would the price of silver be right now at that ratio? Today?

About $78 per ounce.

The price today?

About $19 per ounce.

The Rise in Gold and the Rise in Silver

But, wait a second. The price of gold is being manipulated HORRIBLY! So, what’s the proper price of gold?

Well, it’s hard to apply a ‘proper’ price to gold, but let’s look at it like this. The amount of money in the world (i.e., global M2) is over $66 trillion. If we took all that money and traded it in for gold, what would the fair price of gold need to be set at, to make such a transaction possible?

Well, let’s see, there are… wait… determining how much gold there is in the world is incredibly difficult – partly, because so many people are hiding it.

I’m suspicious of BOTH the World Gold Council and the Gold Standard Institute. The World Gold Council would like to calculate as low a number as possible because it supports a high valuation for gold. The Gold Standard Institute would like to calculate as high a number because this supports their argument for a more ‘liquid’ gold standard for currency.

Having said that, I suspect that the Gold Standard Institute has the more accurate figure – for a lot of reasons that I won’t get into here. So, let’s just assume that there are a million metric tons of gold hidden in vaults around the world. Let’s calculate this:

  • Multiply 32,151 by 1,000,000 (1 million), and you get a figure of 32,151,000,000, or 32.151 billion troy ounces of gold.

Again, that’s all the gold that has ever been mined in all the history of the world – and hidden away in secret vaults.

The amount of money in the world is $66 trillion – or $66,000 billon. Divide the amount of money in the world by the number of troy ounces of gold, and you get…

$2052.80 per troy ounce of gold

But, you’re only going to get that figure if you raided all the vaults in all the world – assuming that the ‘Gold Standard Institute’ was calculating everything properly.

However, if we calculate using the World Gold Council estimates, there are 5.6 billion troy ounces of gold above ground. Dividing that into our $66,000 billion money supply, and we have a price of…

$11,785.71 per troy ounce of gold

That’s quite a difference, and one day we’ll know which is the true figure. When the price of gold goes up, more and more of the gold hidden away in secret vaults will start to see the ‘light of day’.

Oh, and let’s not forget that the COST of mining gold is going up… and Up… and UP!

But, let’s get back to figuring out a ‘reasonable price’ for silver in the future.

Estimating the Future Price of Silver

I believe that we will rapidly get back to the 16-to-1 ratio of silver to gold, in terms of price. And, I believe that the price of gold is going to double – at a minimum. If the US dollar value of gold doubles, we will see a gold price of $2500 per troy ounce. A 16-to-1 ratio of silver to gold will give us a gold price of…

$156 per troy ounce of silver

The current price of silver is $19.18 per troy ounce, or one eighth the price.

But, what if silver rises to a 4-to-1 ratio, which is FAR more reasonable if you look at the amount of silver that is currently above ground, along with how much is being produced. At a 4-to-1 ratio for silver, the proper value would be:

$625 per troy ounce of silver

Pretty fantastic, right?


Case for Silver Conclusion

Will we ever see those kinds of prices?

I don’t know, but that’s not all that important right now. The important point is that buying silver is a great idea for three great reasons:

  • It’s MUCH more difficult to steal, and therefore less of a target for thieves. (It’s HEAVY.)
  • It’s more useful for everyday life, like buying food and fuel.
  • It has an incredibly bright future.

The only downside is that it’s difficult to carry around.

So, buy as much silver as you can carry.

And, if you expect to ‘shelter in place’ when things fall apart… well, take all of your money and buy silver. Seriously, get lots and lots.

But, all of this is a calculation that only you can make.

After you have bought all of your silver…

Buy As Much Gold As You Can Afford

Please remember that we aren’t trying to make a fortune here. What we’re trying to do is lay the foundation for your survival so that you can continue doing the job that God called you to do. We all have a purpose for being on this planet, and our job is to continue fulfilling that purpose until the Lord calls us home.

And, survival may mean relocation on short notice, and you might not be able to take anything more than what you can carry on your back. Remember what I said about how much $30,000 of silver weighs?

Yeah, it’s more than a hundred pounds. Do you want to carry all that in your backpack? Take it with you on an airplane?

By comparison, that same $30,000 will buy you less than two pounds of gold.

So, figure out the proper ratio, and then buy as much gold as you can with the money left over (after you have invested in all the other survival essentials).

Please remember that a gold coin may one day save your life. Those fleeing Nazi Germany were able to use gold to get past checkpoints and onto trains and ships that carried them (or just their children) to freedom. You might one day be forced into such a situation. So, think about that as you make your calculations.

Final Analysis

As you prepare for what is coming, remember this order of needs:

  • Get as close to God as you can. Only HE can see you through.
  • Prepare for physical needs – food, water, shelter, etc.
  • Buy as much silver as you can carry
  • Buy as much gold as you can afford.

Oh, and one more thing…

Do NOT tell ANYONE about your preparations.

  • Do not tell them about your silver.
  • Do not tell them about your gold.
  • Do not tell them about how much food, water, etc. that you have.

That means family, neighbors or even church members. Please only share this information with people you ABSOLUTELY trust. And, when I say ‘absolute’, I mean that you would trust them with your life and the lives of your family.

It really is that serious.

Does that make it hard to talk about preparation?

Yes, so please feel free to pass this article around, along with any other article that you see on this website.

Are you ready for this?


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note – I am not offering financial or disaster preparation advice in a professional capacity. These are merely my own thoughts on what I would do in these situations.


If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.


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49 thoughts on “Buy As Much Silver As You Can Carry And As Much Gold As You Can Afford”

  1. As a believer in this myself for decades I can’t stress enogh that people should invest in gold SMART
    Go to mint sites that sell glod in gram incriments to allow for smaller “chunks” of known weight… no sense in buying one ounce coins if you can’t make change…and i don’t see many people with scales and cutters in bug out bags…

    • Hey abonis,

      It is so encouraging to see your question.

      For the moment, God has provided for our needs, and I do not believe in asking for funds if we don’t actually need them.

      However, the day may come in which we’ll need financial help, and I’ll be sure to post a donation link.

      May God bless you, abonis. Thank you.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  2. I laugh at this article…who is selling the precious metals on this website? can we say “metals pumping”???

    The article SHOULD say buy as much neccessities (like water,food,guns,ammo,supplies) as you can…

    you can’t eat coins- lol

    • Hi Steven,

      Hmmmm… it looks like you didn’t read the whole article, and that’s a shame – because I clearly placed ‘God and necessities’ above silver and gold.

      And yes, you are correct. You can’t eat coins.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      PS. You’ll notice that I don’t sell anything of any kind on this site.

  3. Hello John,
    Gold and Silver are a wise investment for people who can afford it. Problem is a very large segment of the American population can hardly live from one paycheck to the other as it is now.
    While we all should provide for the rainy day, the message our Savior gave us was to STORE up Spiritual treasures and not earthly where the moth and rust decayed it.
    The things of this World will pass away soon…at HIS Coming….money and treasure will not survive….where a mans treasure is…there also is his heart.
    If a person can store some thats great…yes it is. But even more so now would be to store provisions of food water and essentials for the coming collapse…we could learn much from the LDS. Stock up on these supplies but do so with the attitude of sharing with others when the time comes….That is the Mind of Messiah/Christos…love for one another.

    And no please do not take this as an offense to your post…its just a compatible and alternate point of view… And BTW,…I love checking each A.M. for your newest postings.!

    May Yahua keep you, bless you, and Light your path.


  4. What you going to buy with gold and silver? Who is going to have anything to sell….seems food medicine and ammo would be worth more… I may be wrong

    • Hey Dan,

      Food and medicine ARE more important than gold. However, in a ‘bug-out’ situation, you won’t be able to carry all of your food. You will need something to trade with – if you want to survive long term.

      Great comment, Dan. Thank you.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  5. JOHN if you live on an ISLAND,your to close to the coast,THOSE TIDAL waves are going to be really high,when ol’e planet earth rolls over,YOU might want to move to higher areas,say 1,000 miles from the coast,and at least 6,000 ft. up,Like I said those waves will be really high,………and you are in danger from the chinese military too,if for no other reason ,you might want to move to safer areas,their going to take OVER everything in the southern hemisphere,including australia,poor ausses, they’ll all be killed,they never should have given up their weapons,its over for them now,IT won’t happen in america,we see whats happening to other countries,WE’LL be using BULLETS for money in america,gold and silver won’t be worth nothing here,good luck and stay glued to the LORD,he’s all any of us have……………

    • Hey Arizona,

      Thank you for your warning.

      I wish that I could say that you’re wrong, but I can’t. It is indeed possible that my wife and I are in real danger, but our work here is far too important to give up over issues of personal safety.

      Having said that, I do believe that (Lord willing) we’ll be in Jerusalem when the worst hits. As always, we await the Lord’s direction.

      Good points, Arizona. Thank you.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  6. You might want to consider the amount of paper gold being traded as if it were physical gold. All of the paper gold is worthless. So what is the ratio of paper gold to physical and how would that impact the price of gold once the paper owners realize they own nothing. And what happens once countries demand back all of their PM and they realize they will never get it back since it no longer exists in the vaults they placed it. Same questions for silver.

    My understanding is that .1 oz of silver will carry the value of 1 hard day of work

    My wife’s mother was saved from starvation with a small piece of gold.

    • Hey ant,

      Very, very good comment. You are correct in every point.

      Also, I did not realize that 1/10th of an ounce of silver was worth a hard day’s labor. I will keep that in mind.

      And, the fact that your mother-in-law was saved by a small piece of gold.

      Awesome comment, ant. Thank you!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • John, you can find some videos on YouTube that are good about the Roman Denarius and a days labor. Arizona, I wouldn’t worry about tidal waves. 70% of the population lives with some ridiculously low mileage of an ocean and what do you think after 4 billion years the world is going to start differently spinning. I think we should buy all the silver, gold, ammo, water as you can travel with. Canned food, you know stuff like that. Get my boys alive and to Kentucky are my plans. If I see you on my way don’t shoot. I need to be 12 hours ahead of the rest of the population and I plan on it. The first days are going to be chaotic but manageable, if you are ready. I need 12 hours. Not saying something still couldn’t go bad along the way but if I can get to KY I’m as safe as I can be on the planet. Deep and 3 water feeds. Deer for days. Good luck

  7. one has to realize what events will happen to force metal prices up. So then, what will there be left to buy, as the shelves will be empty and no one is going to sell you their supplies.

    • Hey kelvin bond,

      Good point.

      If you know that you will be able to stay where you are, stocking up on food and supplies will be most important. If you need to ‘get out of town’, you won’t be able to carry everything – and gold/silver is the only long term solution to such a scenario.

      Please remember that there will be food, and there will be those willing to trade gold/silver for what they have. Finding it and them will the hard part. Yes, I know that this will depend on which disaster will strike us down, but you need to be as ‘generally prepared’ as possible.

      Think about the situation that you are currently in, and decide what is best for you. For a more in-depth discussion, go here:

      And always, ALWAYS walk close with God. He is the answer to ALL the questions, and He will direct your path.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

    • At fist maybe, but one day, hopefully, people will start live again. Help others if they can. After all the roving gangs are killed off or take over a place I known not to go. Kelvin people will always trade and sell and barter(or at least they have since the 6000 BC). Have enough to get you through a couple hard winters and I hope to see 80. If we can hold off ten more years, science and money might have me to 110 playing golf, but I doubt it. We only have 5 tops. Number don’t lie and the house of cards is already crumbling(like that relationship you have in the 10th grade). Unfunded liabilities estimated at 127 Trillion, are you kidding me. It’s over

    • Hey stock man,

      Ah, but you forget that all the dollar-denominated foreign currency reserves held by governments are going to flow back to the US.

      Furthermore, in a deflationary environment, the price of gold will fall less quickly than everything else.

      So, sell what you have now, and Buy As Much Silver As You Can Carry.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  8. Thanks John…..I do appreciate your answer back. It is hard to grasp and visualize a world and a time when it is no longer about trying to make money. That is how we were all brought up, so if someone wants a vehicle for instance, what would I want to trade it for….a house, car, gun, food, water, radio, flashlight…..I still can not figure as to why I would want gold or silver on trade for anything. As far as survival, I can not understand what I would use it for. I have invested in 300 ozs.though and Jesus…..the ultimate gift. Kelvin

  9. Hi John,
    I stumbled upon your site because my wife left an email from you open. Typically I don’t get too interested in what she subscribes to but something in the email caught my attention and I ended up clicking on a link.

    I am really impressed.

    Not only is the quality of the web page nice and clean with no advertising but the attention to detail in your articles is the best I’ve read.

    Currently, in the Christian world that I listen to, the speakers throw in a sentence or two about purchasing gold or silver. Basically, I have come to the conclusion that, like in other situations where a ‘word’ sounds good, everyone jumps on the bandwagon as many say the same thing without any clear information. Many are advising it but not one, until today has taken the time to clearly make their point as you have done.

    I’m very impressed not only with the articles but with your responses to some of the, shall I say, ‘different’ emails you receive in response.

    Thanks, I really appreciate finding your information. May God continue to give you strength and wisdom.

  10. Hi John,

    I have been researching this issue independent of your information. In fact, just read you today! But my findings are similar. Gold and silver will once again (as they have in the past) become every day “money”. Through history it has been consistently used in this capacity. Once the dust settles from a disaster and people start to “reorder” their communities gold and silver will be important indeed. You are right about storing up food and essentials first. We will have to survive until some form of order takes place and gold and silver can’t be eaten. I would like to add one other thought. In the event of The Rapture, none of this will be needed by followers of Christ. So, what I save up and store up may very we’ll be used by loved ones sadly left behind. Thanks
    for sharing your thoughts, kindness and understanding. Oh, and let me add wisdom too.

  11. As you have stated in several articles, security is paramount. You state “find a secure community” but you cannot be secure without firearms and lots of ammo. Do you have an article that deals with this specific subject?
    The only two countries where you have a RIGHT to arms is the US and Switzerland. Everywhere else, you may be able to buy a firearm but you will have to register it. With registration comes the very possibility of confiscation so you cannot trust any government.

    • Hi Oscar,

      There are plenty of sites that deal with firearms and ammo. I’m afraid that this is not my expertise. So, you will need to go elsewhere for that.

      Having said that, there are plenty of ways to obtain security without a gun. I have offered some. I leave the decision to you.

      Thank you, Oscar.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  12. Wonderful page John. You explained the material very well. It gave me the push to make preparations. I feel really lucky to have found your page, and to understand it.

  13. I’ve been looking for the other Christians who are seeing this going on in the world! I’m so glad I found your page and will be watching it now.

  14. Don’t forget the best investment for trade!!!!!!!! Cigarette and booze. And to all the gun toaters, what would Jesus buy? Answer, ” nothing.” Sorry to be a realist.

    • Hi Larry,

      Well… um …yes. Trade goods. Although, you will forgive me if I think of more savory items, like cooking oil, sugar and rice.

      As for guns, Jesus DID advocate items for personal defense:

      Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

      – Luke 22:36

      Jesus was NOT advocating use of the sword for political or economic gain – but for self defense.

      Thank you, Larry.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  15. Death will show you your sin. And if you are lucky you will survive. But I believe death is a good thing separating the body from soul.

  16. By the way, friend, I’m buying gold. I think the price is going to go way down though, and the poor will be strangelwholed to sell! Then after a time the price will rise to untouchable levels. And we will be in a vice, then the chip, we will have nothing to trade with.

  17. Do not sell your gold or silver! Even when the market gets so bad you may have to. They will suck you dry then raise the prices so you will be even more enslaved! ” the chip” then you will have nothing to trade for anything!. Your guns will be useless against the feeble minded that get paid know matter what.

  18. And by the way being an addict myself, I would probably give a loaf of bread or a salad for a pack of smokes. “Not a smoker” but I know the habbit!.

  19. By the way, I am 46. I died when I was 27. Witnessed death. It’s Not a fun thing to get a reality of what you really are.

  20. John,

    Wonderful article. Well written and very informative. With silver dipping near 14.50 and ounce its a good time to buy in bulk. The Maple Leafs seem to be the best valued at 50 ounces for 892 USD vs Silver Eagles which would cost 942 USD for 50 ounces. I prefer the American Eagle but if you are purchasing for trade and want the most for your money the Maple Leafs are where its at. I am also considering purchasing several 100 gram sheets of silver. 100 grams is a little more than 3 troy ounces and a sheet cost about 100 USD. That’s a much higher premium which has caused some hesitation. Does anyone have any advice on purchasing these sheets?

    In Christ



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