Harald Seiz

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Harald Konstantin Seiz, Dr. h. c.[1] (born 1963 in Calw, Baden-Württemberg)[2] is a German entrepreneur, public speaker and author. He has to date published five works dealing with finance.


In 2011, Harald Seiz founded Karatbars International GmbH, which is based in Stuttgart.[3][4] With the KaratGold Coin, Seiz created one of the first cryptocurrencies whose value is linked to the price of gold. The Initial Coin Offering (ICO), which took place in March 2018, raised over US$100 million.[5]

On 13 July 2018, Karatbars International announced the opening of KC Bank, a cryptocurrency bank operating fully under U.S. licensing in Miami.[6]


In parallel with his entrepreneurial involvement with cryptocurrencies, Seiz is an advocate of the sustainability of gold as legal tender. In 2016, he commissioned a study carried out by the Berlin Institute of Finance, Innovation and Digitalization (BIFID), in which the authors concluded that in the event of a crisis of confidence in legal tender or an IT blackout, gold could become an adequate and.universally recognized means of payment (original German quote: "ein adäquates und allseits anerkanntes Zahlungsmittel").[7][8]

Honorary title[edit]

On 20 October 2015, Seiz was awarded an Honorary Senatorial Degree by The Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade (Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsforderung und Außenwirtschaft, abbr: BWA).[9][10] The honour was bestowed not long after a delegation led by Lothar de Maizière and Joschka Fischer travelled to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Here, Seiz's company was presented to the relevant bodies as a prospective business model.[11][12]


To date, all works by Harald Seiz (five titles published in German, with two of these also available in English-language editions) have been published by the FinanzBuch Verlag, which is part of the Münchner Verlagsgruppe (Munich Publishing Group).[13] With the three latter works, the title "Dr. h. c." precedes the author's name; this reflects the honorary title bestowed on him (see above section).


  • Die Zukunft des Geldes: Wie Gold unser Zahlungssystem revolutionieren wird, Finanzbuch Verlag, 12 June 2017, ISBN 978-3-95972-073-1[14]
  • The Future of Money: How Gold will Revolutionize our Method of Payments (English version of Die Zukunft des Geldes), co-author credit: Shelley Steinhorst, Finanzbuch Verlag, 14 August 2017, ISBN 978-3-95972-082-3[15]
  • Think Big: Wie Sie aus einer großartigen Idee ein weltweites Imperium machen, Finanzbuch Verlag, 8 October 2018, ISBN 978-3-95972-149-3[16]
  • Think Big: How to Conquer the World with a Great Idea (English version of Think Big: Wie Sie aus einer großartigen Idee ein weltweites Imperium machen), Finanzbuch Verlag, 20 March 2019, ISBN 978-3-95972-150-9[17]
  • CASHGOLD vs. Diamanten und Immobilien ("CASHGOLD vs. Diamonds and Real Estate"), Finanzbuch Verlag, 20 February 2019, ISBN 978-3-95972-227-8[18]
  • CASHGOLD vs. Kryptowährungen ("CASHGOLD vs. Cryptocurrencies"), Finanzbuch Verlag, 20 February 2019, ISBN 978-3-95972-225-4[19]
  • CASHGOLD vs. Schuldwährungen ("CASHGOLD vs. Debt Currencies"), Finanzbuch Verlag, 20 February 2019, ISBN 978-3-95972-226-1[20]


  1. ^ North Data, "Recherchiere Firmen­bekanntmachungen und finanzielle Kennzahlen" (Search Company Announcements and Financial Metrics)
  2. ^ Google Books, "The Future of Money: About the author (2017)
  3. ^ Bundesanzeiger Verlag, Unternehmensregister (Enterprise Register)
  4. ^ Glassdoor, Karatbars International
  5. ^ News BTC, "KaratGold Coin (KBC) Gets Enlisted on HitBTC Following One the Biggest ICO’s ever in History" (author uncredited), June 25, 2018
  6. ^ EIN Presswire, "Cryptocurrency bank KC Bank to open in July!" June 15, 2018
  7. ^ Fair Economics, Gold als Fluchtpunkt?, Frank Tetzel, November 13, 2016 (German text)
  8. ^ Wall Street Online, Martin Brosy, Karatbars International: In Gold investieren: Lohnt das noch? (Karatbars International: Investing in Gold: Does is Still Pay?), June 16, 2017 (German text)
  9. ^ Next Economy Magazine, Harald Seiz: In 4 Jahren von null auf über 50 Millionen Euro Jahresumsatz (author uncredited), April 01, 2016
  10. ^ tv.berlin. Wirtschaftstipp: Karatbars International (author uncredited), November 15, 2016
  11. ^ Next Economy Magazine, "Harald Seiz: In 4 Jahren von null auf über 50 Millionen Euro Jahresumsatz" ("Harald Seiz: In 4 Years from Zero to over 50 Million Euros Annual Turnover" (author uncredited), April 01, 2016 (German text)
  12. ^ The European, updated March 12, 2019
  13. ^ "Harald Seiz". FinanzBuch Verlag (in German). Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ Litany (Literaturportal), "Die Zukunft des Geldes (Harald Seiz)"
  15. ^ Litany (Literaturportal), " Future of Money (Harald Seiz)"
  16. ^ Litany (Literaturportal), "Think Big: Wie Sie aus einer großartigen Idee ein weltweites Imperium machen (Harald Seiz)"
  17. ^ Litany (Literaturportal), ''Think Big: How to conquer the World with a great idea (Harald Seiz)"
  18. ^ Litany (Literaturportal), "CASHGOLD vs. Diamanten und Immobilien (Harald Seiz)"
  19. ^ Litany (Literaturportal), "CASHGOLD vs. Kryptowährungen (Harald Seiz)"
  20. ^ Litany (Literaturportal), "CASHGOLD vs. Schuldwährungen (Harald Seiz)"

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