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Gold Standard

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
gold standard (noun)
a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold and which is usually characterized by the coinage and circulation of gold, unrestricted convertibility of other money into gold, and the free export and import of gold for settling of international obligations
- benchmark
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
gold standard (noun)
something set up as an example against which others of the same type are compared
bar, barometer, benchmark, criterion, gold standard, grade, mark, measure, metric, par, touchstone, yardstick
case, example, instance; average, norm, rule; acme, apex, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, zenith
aberration, abnormality, deviation
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