In case you’re wondering how much platinum it would take to mint a trillion dollar coin, the answer is 1100 times more than has been mined to date.
Except…This isn’t at all how our currency works. A penny isn’t one cent of materials, nor a $100 bill actually $100 worth of paper. So the argument that we couldn’t mint trillion dollar platinum coins because there isn’t that much platinum is well…dumb.
Now, this isn’t to say that just minting trillion dollar coins is a long-term financial solution for our government, but neither is one party holding the debt ceiling (and by extension our entire nation’s economy) hostage. In fact, the first one is silly, the second one is downright irresponsible.