I just thought of something I can add to the above post that you young people will find funny, I think, and that's the REASON I got involved in precious metals, and it has NOTHING to do with what you think lol.
So ... back in about, umm, let me think, 1980 ? Somewhere around then, a role playing game called Dungeons and Dragons became very popular. I was young, and my friends and I played this game, and if you don't know what it is it is hard to describe, but it is basically like an acting game where you have someone who is in control of the game (the dungeon master) and the players are essentially play acting as elves, dwarves, etc, in a middle earth kind of fantasy environment around the dinner table. Anyway, the religious right back then hated this game, it was the moral crisis of the day, what to do about D&D ... it was a moral panic similar to the way #METOO has become an over-the-top insane moral panic, people were just not thinking straight at the time, ministers gave talks at church encouraging parents to make their kids stop playing this evil game, etc. So ... of course ... all the young boys wanted to play it. Like kids today walk around with "Molon Labe" shirts in school because they know it pushes the edge of what they are allowed to do, this game was the same, except for a more nerdy class of kid.
Anyway, my friends and I played this game, and in the game the currency of the game were copper pieces, silver pieces, gold pieces, and platinum pieces. THAT is where I learned about gold and silver. In that game one gold piece was worth 20 silver pieces, and a platinum piece was worth 5 gold pieces, and I don't remember what copper pieces were worth, maybe 10 per silver piece, and then there were also electrum pieces which were I think 2 electrum per gold. Those numbers might be wrong and I don't feel like going to look it up ... but the point is, at the time this was just a game for children, and that is the first time I had ever heard of "silver" or "gold" as a kind of currency, though I did know that U.S. currency had some silver in it. It was only MUCH later that I found out that 20 silver to a gold piece was actually a fairly realistic Silver to Gold Ratio.
Later, when I was older and had money, I started researching gold and silver because of this early exposure to these games, that is the ONLY REASON I became interested in it. It wasn't because of inflation, or world politics, investing, nothing like that .. it was because I thought it was COOL lol, and very few people knew about it. By then we had all played some early video games with gold and silver coinage in them such as a game called "Gauntlet", and there were early online text based games such as "Moria" that used these currencies (which was based on Tolkien, of course, as was the game D&D). Yes, Tolkien's books were huge with young men way before the modern movies, decades before.
So that's how I got into precious metals. I remember the first time I held a silver eagle and thought ... WOW, so this is what silver looks like in real life lol. And I also remember struggling with how much gold coins cost at the time, about 350$us/oz, and thinking wow they were so much easier to get in the games, they are really expensive in real life lol.