Lets see how many banks were closed during the socalled great recession? That wasnt 85 years ago. As far as the good old audit once they get you they get you. Before a gold sale goes through the dealer has to check the ID given as he is legally responcible for the tracking of even one coin. They dont have to check an ID on ebay once again the rsponcibility is the dealer who lists his sales and who he sold to. I think you are either new to the game or havent sold gold. If you really want coins which are taxable you buy foreign coins.
Tell you what go ahead and buy the coins. The last group you want to deal with is the IRS. I go by the laws so no fuss and no muss plus I dont buy coins I buy physical bars. Dont ever say the government wont do this or that for they dont want you to own gold in the first place. They want you in paper currency for its trackable and they can set the price on a whim. If I were you Id reread what they can do and those that are not complying are in a pickle. I dont buy coins for the above reasons .
Notice when you buy American Eagles you get listed. Its a law that when you sell they get to know who bought the coin. Its simple suppose you buy a buffalo gold piece and the big day comes and the government wants it back They will pay you only face value for that coin. Not good. If you store it in a bank and lets say the bank goes into receivership you have forty eight hours to go and empty your box or it all becomes property of the bank creditors. As far as Sprout goes its after 5 oclock and you have to be silly to believe them.