On How Much Money You Need To Realistically Recreate The Scrooge McDuck 'Gold Coin Swim'

So... using the dimensions of the money bin from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_universe, and knowing from various screen caps that it was only filled to the 90' mark, and assuming that the money bin was filled with 1oz gold coins (and not a mix of regular currency), you can easily compute volume and thus maximum potential value: 90ft stack of 1oz gold coins: 90*12/.113 = 9557.52 coins 120ft row (width & depth) of 1oz gold coins: 120*12/1.287 = 1,118.88 (each way) Optimized fill (stacked, not random - all space taken): 9,557.52 * 1,118.88 * 1,118.88 = 13,508,939,494 coins At $1600/coin = $21,614,303,190,400 ($21.6 trillion). The problem, well, A problem (among many) with this is that the value of ALL of the world's gold currently mined doesn't exceed $5T (http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/library/chart-graph/global-currency-circulation-compared-value-all-gold-mined). And it also can't all be US money, either, as the total value of EVERY SINGLE COIN AND PAPER DOLLAR in the US as of 2009 is only $3.3T (http://visualeconomics.creditloan.com/the-value-of-united-states-currency-in-circulation/). But hey... a duck can dream, can't he?

Posted on April 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm 0