By Lawrence H. White
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As concrete evidence of legal barriers to entry, we note that an experiment with privately issued indexed currency and deposits in Exeter. New Hampshire, from June 1972 to January 1974 was ended under legal pressure from the Securities and Exchange Commission. 42 One could not justify legal barriers to entry even if the production of money were a natural monopoly, because a natural monopoly needs no such barriers to support it. But more importantly, the idea that money production is in fact a natural monopoly rests on a confusion.
We may illuminate certain properties of a free banking system by analyzing the relationship between the quantity of money (the nonbank public's holdings of specie plus bank notes plus checking deposits) and the total stock of specie held by banks and the public. The specie stock is in some respects the analogue of what in 28 The Case for Free Banking the present system is called the monetary base or the stock of highpowered money. A free banking system differs from the present American banking system in having its reserve ratios determined entirely by bankers' prudence rather than by a monetary authority's requirements or by a combination of required reserve ratios plus some prudential margin.
This spending will result directly as agents draw down excess currency balances and may also result indirectly as they respond to the rise in local prices brought about by increased spending on local goods. Increased spending on imports will in turn give rise to a balance of payments deficit for the region. Because local notes are not acceptable outside the region, the balance must be settled in specie. Local banks will temporarily lose specie to the rest of the world during the adjustment process.