Gold Standard Act
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|Nickname(s)||Gold Standard Act
Gold Standard Act of 1900
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56th United States Congress
|Stat.||ch. 41, 31 Stat. 45|
The Gold Standard Act of the United States was passed in 1900 (approved on March 14) and established gold as the only standard for redeeming paper money, stopping bimetallism (which had allowed silver in exchange for gold). It was signed by President William McKinley.
The Gold Standard Act confirmed the nation's commitment to the gold standard by assigning gold a specific dollar value (just over $20.67 per Troy ounce). This took place after McKinley sent a team to Europe to try to figure out a silver agreement with France and Great Britain.
On April 25, 1933 the United States and Canada dropped the gold standard.