The BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have been discussing a new currency that could be backed by gold reserves since 2010. With the emergence of economic superpowers such as China, as well as other more fragile economies, such as Brazil, there has been much debate over the merits of a unified currency for the BRICS bloc. The idea of a ‘Brico’ (BRICS currency) has been discussed since 2010, however, the implementation has been somewhat turbulent due to disagreements over what should back the currency. While some propose to back it with a basket of currencies, the idea of backing it with gold reserves has also been proposed. Gold reserves are an incredible source of wealth, and the idea of backing a new currency with gold has been gaining traction among the BRICS countries as the world monetary system continues to be destabilized by the US Dollar. In theory, the idea of an international gold-backed currency could give small and medium-sized economies more confidence in their transactions, as gold is a universally accepted store of value. Furthermore, the control of the BRICS countries over such a currency would give them greater leverage in global markets and, potentially, the ability to challenge the hegemony of the US Dollar and Euro. The potential for a gold-backed Brico could lead to great opportunities for the BRICS countries, however, there are also a number of practical issues that must be addressed before the currency could actually be created. One of the most significant potential issues is ensuring that the gold that backs the currency is stored securely in order to prevent theft. Furthermore, the amount of gold required to back a large-scale currency could become prohibitively expensive for the BRICS countries. In addition, any gold reserves must be audited regularly to ensure that the value of the currency is not undermined by any discrepancies in the gold reserves. Despite a number of potential practical issues, the idea of a gold-backed Brico is still an attractive one for the BRICS countries. A unified currency backed by gold could help to reduce economic uncertainty in the emerging markets, as well as providing an alternative to the currently dominant US Dollar. As the BRICS countries continue to discuss the feasibility and practicalities of a gold-backed Brico, it appears that the idea could soon become a reality. If implemented, this unified currency could have far-reaching consequences for economies across the globe.