The last country to still use gold as a currency

The local shop is run by two Chinese who get by in Taki-Taki, the local language. They sell almost everything; food of course but also tools, shovels, generator spare parts, big hoses, a sort of thick plastic carpet, like a hair mat. The prices are displayed: 0.2 or 0.5 or 0.8. I ask Dwight what currency it is in Euros, Surinam or US Dollars and Dwight looks at me as if I was an idiot, laughs again, as is his way when he has not eaten and a Parbo beer is just a miserable starter, irrespective of whether it is a Sissi (250 ml), Decent (500 ml) or Olson Beast (1,5 l), and starts tapping his thigh; “good grief, you don’t know, it’s gold, we pay for everything with gold here!”

Extraction from the book: J’Aurai de l’Or by Olivier Weber, taken from the film: La Fièvre de l’Or

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"For a mountaineer, the important things are the effort, the posture and the muscles. The rope that holds him serves no purpose when everything works but it gives him a sense of security. In the same way, all gold does is ensure confidence; it's a safe haven."