Bitcoin is the new Gold
The similarities between Gold and Bitcoin have been documented multiple times over the past few years. People often like to draw parallels between Gold and Bitcoin. Both assets are pretty scarce, although no one knows exactly how much gold is left to be mined. With Bitcoin, one knows exactly how many coins there are and by what time they will be brought into circulation. One Australian gold seller figured it would be a good time to expand his business to Bitcoin. He is the first in the country to trade in Bitcoin as a gold and silver bullion dealer.
Australian Bullion Dealers show interest in Bitcoin
After a few lengthy debates in Australia, the government finally decided to get rid of the double-GST standard related to digital currencies. Previously, owners of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were taxed twice – one tax for purchasing the currency and another to purchase goods and services with it. As of July 1st, the purchase of cryptocurrencies is no longer subject to GST.
With Bitcoin now considered a legitimate currency in Australia, interest in the world’s leading cryptocurrency has picked up quite a bit. It even attracts the attention of well-known gold and silver bullion dealers these days. Paul Engeman is the director of Ainslie Bullion & Reserve Vault and has recently started trading Bitcoin. He started buying and selling cryptocurrency in August and has already seen a growing demand from both existing and new customers across the country.
This is a pretty intriguing development which foretells a positive future for Bitcoin in the country.
Although Ainslie Bullion & Reserve Vault will maintain its focus on gold and silver bullion, their decision to expand to Bitcoin trades is pretty significant. After 43 years of only focusing on bullion, making the switch to Bitcoin is a logical evolution. Its customers see similar monetary properties in Bitcoin as they do in gold and silver.
Bitcoin has intrinsic value and is a medium of exchange. Bitcoin can certainly overtake both gold and silver bullion in terms of demand, but it will be a long and slow process.
Bullion dealers are not the only Australians showing an increased interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Chris Tippler, a Brisbane high school teacher, is educating his business and economics students on cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and digital assets such as Ripple. He is also dispensing basic advice on how best to trade this new breed of money, as that is still one of the biggest hurdles to overcome for novice users.