Gresham's law


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Gresham's Law

The theory that given two types of money with the same nominal value but different real values, the "bad" money will be spent while the "good" money will be hoarded. Strictly, the law only applies if the exchange rate between the two monies is decreed by the state, but it is sometimes invoked more broadly. While it does not always hold true, one example was the hoarding of U.S. coins in the 20th century as they gradually came to be minted with less valuable metals.

Gresham's law

the economic hypothesis that ‘bad’ MONEY forces ‘good’ money out of circulation. The principle applies only to economies the domestic money system of which is based upon metal coinage that embodies a proportion of intrinsically valuable metals such as silver and gold. Where governments issue new coins embodying a lower proportion of valuable metals, people are tempted to hoard the older coins for the commodity value of their metal content so that the ‘good’ money ceases to circulate as currency.
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Owing to their legal tender status, the operation of Gresham's Law swiftly ensured that greenbacks would displace gold in payments.
We might posit Sancho's corollary to Gresham's law: "When a society's bad money forces its good money abroad, it relinquishes moral control over the industries financed by that money."
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Gresham's law has to do with the nature of currency, and the common formula for it is that "bad money drives out good." That is to say, it is always the worst form of currency in circulation that fixes the value of all the others and causes them presently to disappear.
Gresham's Law states that bad money drives out good money.
Thus, the famous British upper-class snobbery combined with Gresham's Law to help produce an acute shortage of small coins in an economy desperate for them.
The observation that bad money drives out good money, usually called Gresham's law, has become one of the more famous maxims in economics and has been used to account for many episodes of monetary disorder.
It's Sir Thomas Gresham's law at work: The bad drives out the good.
So much so that my colleague, Ron Baker, created Baker's Law: Bad customers drive out good customers, as a corollary to Gresham's Law: Bad money drives out good money.
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