The past couple of days I've been blogging about our old friend, the Bearer Bonds scandals, and yesterday I happened to mention once again the curious amount of gold in the world, or rather, the curious fact that no one seems to know an exact figure. Well, I ran across this article and a few of you here found it as well, and I find it curious for any number of reasons, not the least of which is the amount of gold it mentions, which is yet another new figure.  What made me sit up and take notice however, is that its author, Eric Sprott, is the manager of a ten billion dollar fund... so when someone like that writes an article saying the central banks have no gold, I tend to sit up and take notice:

Do Western Central Banks Have Any Gold Left???

Now, in this article I intend on indulging in not only some high octane speculation, but perhaps even in tropospheric speculation, so before we get to that, I want to point out three paragraphs from this important article. First, there's this one:

"Over the past several years, we’ve collected data on physical demand for gold as it has developed over time. The consistent annual growth in demand for physical gold bullion has increasingly puzzled us with regard to supply. Global annual gold mine supply ex Russia and China (who do not export domestic production) is actually lower than it was in year 2000, and ever since the IMF announced the completion of its sale of 403 tonnes of gold in December 2010, there hasn’t been any large, publicly-disclosed seller of physical gold in the market for almost two years.4 Given the significant increase in physical demand that we’ve seen over the past decade, particularly from buyers in Asia, it suffices to say that we cannot identify where all the gold is coming from to supply it… but it has to be coming from somewhere."

Then there's this one:

"Then there are all the private buyers whose purchases go unreported and unacknowledged, like that of Greenlight Capital, the hedge fund managed by David Einhorn, that is reported to have purchased $500 million worth of physical gold starting in 2009. Or the $1 billion of physical gold purchased by the University of Texas Investment Management Co. in April 2011… or the myriad of other private investors (like Saudi Sheiks, Russian billionaires, this writer, probably many of our readers, etc.) who have purchased physical gold for their accounts over the past decade. None of these private purchases are ever considered in the research agencies’ summaries for investment demand, and yet these are real purchases of physical gold, not ETF’s or gold ‘certificates’. They require real, physical gold bars to be delivered to the buyer. So once we acknowledge how big the discrepancy is between the actual true level of physical gold demand versus the annual “supply”, the obvious questions present themselves: who are the sellers delivering the gold to match the enormous increase in physical demand? What entities are releasing physical gold onto the market without reporting it? Where is all the gold coming from?"

And finally this one, in which Mr. Sprott provides his answer to the question: where is all this gold coming from?

"There is only one possible candidate: the Western central banks. It may very well be that a large portion of physical gold currently flowing to new buyers is actually coming from the Western central banks themselves. They are the only holders of physical gold who are capable of supplying gold in a quantity and manner that cannot be readily tracked. They are also the very entities whose actions have driven investors back into gold in the first place. Gold is, after all, a hedge against their collective irresponsibility – and they have showcased their capacity in that regard quite enthusiastically over the past decade, especially since 2008."

And then, for those of you who have been following my hyopthesis of rehypothecated gold reserves - both hidden and "less hidden" - there's this mind-boggling paragraph:

"If the Western central banks are indeed leasing out their physical reserves, they would not actually have to disclose the specific amounts of gold that leave their respective vaults. According to a document on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) website regarding the statistical treatment of the Eurosystem’s International Reserves, current reporting guidelines do not require central banks to differentiate between gold owned outright versus gold lent out or swapped with another party. The document states that, “reversible transactions in gold do not have any effect on the level of monetary gold regardless of the type of transaction (i.e. gold swaps, repos, deposits or loans), in line with the recommendations contained in the IMF guidelines.”6 (Emphasis theirs). Under current reporting guidelines, therefore, central banks are permitted to continue carrying the entry of physical gold on their balance sheet even if they’ve swapped it or lent it out entirely. You can see this in the way Western central banks refer to their gold reserves. The UK Government, for example, refers to its gold allocation as, “Gold (incl. gold swapped or on loan)”. That’s the verbatim phrase they use in their official statement. Same goes for the US Treasury and the ECB, which report their gold holdings as “Gold (including gold deposits and, if appropriate, gold swapped)” and “Gold (including gold deposits and gold swapped)”, respectively (see Chart B). Unfortunately, that’s as far as their description goes, as each institution does not break down what percentage of their stated gold reserves are held in physical, versus what percentage has been loaned out or swapped for something else. The fact that they do not differentiate between the two is astounding, (Ed. As is the “including gold deposits” verbiage that they use – what else is “gold” supposed to refer to?) but at the same time not at all surprising. It would not lend much credence to central bank credibility if they admitted they were leasing their gold reserves to ‘bullion bank’ intermediaries who were then turning around and selling their gold to China, for example. But the numbers strongly suggest that that is exactly what has happened. The central banks’ gold is likely gone, and the bullion banks that sold it have no realistic chance of getting it back.(Boldface emphasis in the original article, bold and italicized emphasis added here)"

Now, reading between the lines a bit, I hope you caught the phrase "leasing out their physical reserves," for this implies that they remain the ultimate owners of said gold no matter how many times it is "sub-leased," i.e., re-sold. But that isn't what ultimately disturbs me.

What disturbs me is that, if Sprott is correct, then the "sell"-off of gold by these banks is, from one point of view, a seeming act of financial irrationality during a time of rapid currency devaluation through quantitative easing; not enough gold could be sold to keep the gold price down and thus keep the value of the currencies high, so form a certain point of view, the activity makes no sense.

But on to the high octane tropospheric speculation. In one sense, yes, the central banks are the likely sources of some of this gold, but that leaves the question of just how much gold there really is essentially unanswered; to this day, we know next to nothing of just how much gold, actually, was looted by the Axis powers nor, really, where it wound up and who really controls it. (And yes, before all of you write me about the Black Eagle Fund and Yamashita and all the rest, save yourself the time....I'm aware of it).  So we have yet another possible source in that...

Still, that would seem to me to fall short of an explanation of what is possibly going on, with all due respect to Mr. Sprott... which leaves two explanations so outrageous, so ludicrous, that I hesitate to mention them, save for the fact I have mentioned one of them, the technological one, already: alchemy... the transformation of base metals into gold.  In The Philosophers' Stone I noted that in both Germany and Japan there were discoveries of such transformations between the wars, precisely of mercury into gold. What if such technologies had been perfected, and were used on an industrial scale?

But there is yet another possibility.... also technological, and in part, paradigm changing: what if an entirely new energy technology were known and perfected, and what if this was known by the banks? controlling interest in such a technology would transform the nature of money itself, especially if somehow it could be collateralized, or better, made the backing of money.

Whatever one thinks of these high octane speculations, Sprott's basic thesis remains sound: the banks are selling off massive amounts of gold. And this explains why they do not want audits: either they do not want the empty cobwebbed spaces of their gold vaults discovered, or, they do not want all those piles of gold in them to be discovered, for either way, the alchemical transformation of the financial system is the result.

See you on the flip side.


Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Gail on November 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I have one teeny , weeny, problem with this conclusion

    : “what if an entirely new energy technology were known and perfected, and what if this was known by the banks? controlling interest in such a technology would transform the nature of money itself, especially if somehow it could be collateralized, or better, made the backing of money.”

    What blows this out of the water is the development of Magnetic Motors all over the world, coupled with Plasma energy systems. Neither of which are owned by the banks. Keshe is one person who is giving countries all over the world access to these technologies.

    I have another suggestion. The Gold is moving East in repayment for debts, as well as a deal cut where criminal bankers will not be arrested and brought up on charges in front of the Hague, so long as these debts and the fraudulent activities that were carried out in countries such as Russia, China amongst others, are settled in Gold. Libor comes to mind, as does shadow banking, and it appears the the BIS, IMF and WOrld Bank were also knee deep in it. . In this way the USA debt to China, (how many trillions is it now? ) will be paid in full and cancelled out as well as the Mafia destruction of the Russian economy in the late 1990s.

    • Yaj on November 27, 2012 at 8:12 am


      Why would gold be of any value? Why would Asians care? (Also the US Federal Reserve holds more US debt than the Chinese.) Frankly potable water is a good bit more important than gold.

      As for over unity gear, it remains very hard to run a house or industrial plant or car or aircraft on such systems, which anyhow many times don’t exist in anything like a fully developed state.

      Re: Magnetic Motors, they’re very difficult to build without important information on manipulating things like exchange forces. And when someone is reasonably successful that someone usually encounters all sorts of problems if he starts public demonstrations, e.g. HJ. Or the project goes deeply black.

      It’s not a question of ownership by banks, it’s a mindset that doesn’t allow for the development of such gear, and also various interests (including but not limited to ibanks) would have their means of limiting what is possible–keeping many desperate–destroyed.

      Imagine the desert in the US southwest blooming, imagine the same for North Africa. Imagine disease treatment that doesn’t blast the illness with destructive forces but instead alters the sub-quantum realm (for lack of a better term) and restores health and vitality to the matter of your body–including the subtle bodies.

      Most anything that you can think of as a well established practice radically changes and almost all businesses as you know them go away. The positions of things like Bain Capital are spectacularly worthless.

      And then remember that with this better understanding of the nature of reality, certain parties could build extraordinary weapons. Weapons not limited to those that destroy, these weapons could implant the idea that say gold is valuable or that the current year 2012 systems of say energy and money are really the only way to do things, etc, you can provide more examples.

  2. Jon on November 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I lean toward the alchemical meme myself. If the cat were about to get out of the bag, what better thing to do than create a situation where the price of gold went very high – you sell off incredible amounts of it – then when the world finds out about the true cheapness of alchemical gold and the price crashes, you have a huge amount of money which has been transferred to other, more stable valuables.

    I think this is one of the reasons behind the persecution of cold fusion – it was hitting too close to home and the timing was bad for “the plan.”

    There was a similar thing with a process to create cheap, high quality diamonds in the lab back in the 60s or 70s. The process was buried and the scientist fired in disgrace. Cheap diamonds didn’t fit the De Beers’ plan…

    Maybe the tranformation requires a pair of tungsten rods implanted in a base metal block (perhaps as electrodes) and that is why there are all those gold bars with tungsten rods in them…

    Just a thought. Obviously, replacing even 1/10 of a bar of gold with tungsten would produce a handsome profit.

    • Jon on November 27, 2012 at 12:37 am


  3. Poshboy on November 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I still think all this new mystery gold is part of the Yamashita caches uncovered between 1946 and the early 1990s. Supposedly the big private banks (Citibank is always mentioned) swindled the Philippine and Marcos family account holders out of 20,000 tons of gold–almost equal to the amount publicly admitted to by central bank holdings–and I would bet are now slowly selling these ill-gotten gains for real investor cash. Exactly what a thief would do with stolen merchandise, btw. –PB, NoVa.

    (But I’m hoping it’s alchemy of some sort.)

    • Yaj on November 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Quoted from JPF above:

      “(And yes, before all of you write me about the Black Eagle Fund and Yamashita and all the rest, save yourself the time….I’m aware of it).”

      Suggestion: Read next paragraph down.

  4. Tor on November 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

    A simple chemical transmutation.

    I’m inclined to believe that gold production is not so difficult, nor does it require a deep understanding of alchemy.

    • Yaj on November 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm


      I must say that one link is so much more interesting and productive and perspicacious than all the rants about a world wide ancient Khazar choke hold on humanity.

      • Tor on November 27, 2012 at 6:57 am

        I very much agree Yaj, and also don’t believe that the Khazars have a choke hold on humanity.

        • Yaj on November 27, 2012 at 7:49 am


          I seem to remember claims about control of the ancient Levant, the formation of the Church of Rome, and still today the Society of Jesus.

  5. Yaj on November 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Most likely the gold starts out as copper–likely transformed in the former Soviet Union. Though there are other parties which could be doing this particular transmutation. It’s not like nobody else has ever noticed this one. No mercury would not be involved.

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