You don't actually think anybody on this DHC forum is wealthy enough to own a gold bar do you? Or is this info in advance of Obama's "wealth redistribution" plan,...... everybody gets a gold bar unless you are evil rich and your household makes more than $100,000?
Even if you are buying coins its a reasonable thought to be cautious. What can be done with a bar can be done with a coin. Nations and other "makers" of money have slipped into the habit of physically devaluing currency as the promised value (or claimed value) of the money in relation to goods has decreased.
This has happened repeatedly in different regions throughout the world over the course of history, even in the US.