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Perpetual or perpetual-like title protection in NatGold legislation is vital to ensure that NatGold coins, which are backed by certified green gold resources, remain a reliable store of value. Traditional mining titles are generally issued by governments for fixed periods, such as 20 or 30 years, allowing companies to explore and exploit subsurface mineral rights. However, for a monetary asset like NatGold coins, the backing asset—certified gold resources—must not expire. Money, unlike perishable goods, should not have a shelf life.

Perpetual title protection ensures that the value represented by NatGold coins is enduring and stable, thereby upholding the monetary integrity of NatGold as a dependable and long-lasting store of value. This approach aligns with the foundational principles of sustainable and ethical finance, ensuring that NatGold remains a viable and attractive option for investors and stakeholders in the long term.

FAQs

How is the baseline intrinsic value of NatGold calculated?2024-05-18T12:55:00+00:00

How is the baseline intrinsic value of NatGold calculated?

The baseline intrinsic value of NatGold is calculated using a global per ounce average profit comparative methodology developed by the International NatGold Council. This method assesses the profit potential of NatGold by comparing the global average cost of gold production, as indicated by the All-In Sustaining Cost (AISC), against the current market price of gold. This approach provides a robust framework for establishing the minimum intrinsic value of NatGold coins, emphasizing their potential profitability in the global market.

Calculating Production Costs: The All-In Sustaining Cost (AISC) is used as a key metric in this comparison. AISC is a global weighted average calculated quarterly by the World Gold Council, based on the reported costs of each publicly reporting mining company for that period. This figure reflects the comprehensive cost faced by publicly reporting gold mining companies to mine, refine, and market one Troy ounce of gold.

Above Ground Market Price Reference: The market price used in this calculation is derived from the latest daily average price for a Troy ounce of gold, as reported by authoritative sources like the London Bullion Market Association and the NYMEX spot gold price.

Intrinsic Price Value Baseline: For example, employing a 90-day AISC of US$1,342 for Q4, 2023, and a hypothetical market price of US$2,200 per ounce, the intrinsic profitability is calculated by subtracting the most recent quarterly global weighted average AISC from the market price. In this instance, the average global profit would be $858 per ounce. This serves as the baseline intrinsic value of gold before the expenditure of US$1,342 to physically extract the gold via traditional mining methods.

NatGold’s approach diverges from traditional practices by focusing exclusively on digital mining certified gold resources in an ESG-friendly way. Essentially, the intrinsic baseline value of an ounce of NatGold is theoretically equal to the average per ounce profit realized by global gold producers, which is calculated by subtracting the average global cost of extraction from the prevailing market price of gold.

This positions NatGold as a sustainable crypto-commodity, capable of attracting a significant ESG premium, potentially even surpassing traditional gold’s market value as global sustainability awareness increases. This valuation transcends conventional production cost-profit analyses, advocating for NatGold’s price to be independently determined by its own merits as a sustainable and innovative financial asset.

What is Tokenization?2024-04-20T23:35:52+00:00

Tokenization is the process of converting rights to an asset into a digital token on a blockchain. These digital tokens represent ownership or a claim on the asset, enabling it to be traded or managed on digital platforms. This innovative approach offers a secure and efficient means of handling assets, utilizing the transparency, immutability, and distributive nature of blockchain technology.

In the context of the NatGold model, tokenization involves creating digital tokens that represent ownership of a certain amount of gold resources, as certified by NI 43-101 reports. Each NatGold coin is a digital representation of gold resources, making the intrinsic value of gold easily transferable and accessible without the need for physical handling. This process democratizes access to gold as an investment, making it possible for individuals and institutions to invest in gold resources with ease and confidence.

Tokenization transforms traditional asset management and investment by breaking down barriers to entry, reducing costs associated with transactions and storage, and enhancing liquidity in the market. By leveraging blockchain technology, tokenization introduces a new era of asset utilization and investment, opening up opportunities for innovation and value creation.

With respect to NatGold, why is tokenization often referred to as “digital gold mining”?2024-04-20T23:36:49+00:00

Tokenization, in the context of NatGold, is aptly termed “digital gold mining” because it transforms the concept of mining by moving the process from the physical world to the digital sphere. This innovative approach represents certified gold resources as digital tokens, known as NatGold coins, on a blockchain. Unlike traditional gold, these digital tokens can be traded, sold, or held as investments, mirroring the functionality of physical gold but eliminating the environmental degradation associated with gold mining.

By enabling the virtual exchange and holding of gold resources, this method pioneers a sustainable, efficient, and ESG-friendly avenue for harnessing the monetary benefits of gold. It sidesteps the need for physical extraction, offering a contemporary solution that aligns with global sustainability goals. The term “digital gold mining” thus encapsulates this modern process, highlighting a shift towards a more responsible and innovative way to value and interact with gold in the digital economy.

How important is maintaining good governance and a strong reputation for the International NatGold Council?2024-04-20T23:27:13+00:00

At the International NatGold Council, maintaining good governance and a strong reputation is paramount. These principles ensure that we operate with transparency, accountability, and integrity—key to building trust among stakeholders such as industry sponsors, affiliates, partners, government legislators, and the broader community. This trust is essential for fostering collaborations and gaining regulatory and public support.

A strong reputation boosts our credibility and authority, promoting high standards within the NatGold industry. It attracts quality partnerships and encourages participation from key ESG industry players, enhancing our ability to effect positive changes and advocate for sustainable practices. Therefore, robust governance and a solid reputation are vital for advancing our mission to nurture a responsible and prosperous NatGold industry.

Isn’t silver considered to have monetary utility, similar to gold? What happens when there are certified silver resources in addition to the primary deposit of certified gold resources? Is the silver given any gold equivalent value?2024-05-01T17:22:10+00:00

It’s extremely common for a gold deposit to include significant amounts of other metals—both precious and otherwise—alongside the gold. Silver is one such metal that frequently occurs with gold and has a rich monetary tradition alongside its “big monetary brother.”

Silver has always played an important monetary role throughout history. Sometimes referred to as the “common man’s gold,” silver was historically used for more routine commercial transactions of a smaller nature, whereas gold fulfilled larger transactions. The true monetary history of the world is bimetallic: gold and silver.

One significant difference between gold and silver is that over time, the monetary utility of silver became overshadowed by industrial usage, which accounts for about 60% of its utility. Thus, its monetary utility is no longer its primary utility, whereas with gold, its store of wealth utility remains its primary function.

Because silver plays an important role in the global investment world, with as much as 40% of its demand for investment and store of wealth purposes, it is important to recognize their value. Therefore, in models like NatGold, certified silver resources are valued on their gold equivalent ratio basis. This means that the NI 43-101 certified silver resource is converted into its gold equivalent value within the same resource category; inferred, indicated, or measured resources.

It is important to note that NatGold’s legislative policies are focused on gold as the primary element of tokenization. The silver resources to which we are referring would be a by-product resource that occurs along with the primary certified gold resource.