is this a serious question? the paper money actually has no value without the gold that is in the reserves. it is inconvenient and too cumbersome to carry blocks of gold around to pay for dinner or groceries, so the gold was put into a reserve and the paper money was minted. - just as a check is worthless without the money to back it up, so it is with paper money. - paper money is burned when damaged, torn, or missing the security strip,and new takes it's place. there is only a certain amount of paper money allowed in circulation, in direct correlation to the amount of gold in the reserve.