Gold standard definition

It is a monetary system in which a country's paper currency is redeemable into gold. Isaac Newton invented the gold standard circa 1700 when he was Master of the Royal Mint in the United Kingdom.  

When did the US go on a gold standard? 

In the US, one of the first acts of the newly formed Congress was the Mint Act of 1792 signed into law by George Washington, which placed the US dollar on a silver standard. The US changed to the gold standard in 1900.

When did Nixon remove the gold standard?

The process started with President Roosevelt shortly after his inauguration in March 1933. Up until then, the dollar was defined as 23.222 grains of fine gold $20.67 per ounce). FDR devalued the dollar to 13.714 grains of fine gold ($35.00 per ounce), and outlawed gold ownership in the US. This prohibition remained until 1974.

When did President Nixon end the gold standard?

On August 15, 1971 Nixon directed Treasury Secretary John Connally to “suspend temporarily” the convertibility of the dollar into gold.

Why did President Nixon temporarily suspend the gold standard?

The dollar was being debased by too much government spending and debt accumulation, with the result that the US Gold Reserve was not large enough to maintain convertibility. 

What is the US currency backed by?

The value of United States currency is based on the Federal Reserve and the US banking system. The dollar is backed by the assets of these banks.

Are any currencies on the gold standard?

No, and the rules of the International Monetary Fund do not allow countries to return to a gold standard.