NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- What if over the next few years, as debt, currencies and countries start to fall apart? Where will individuals be looking to place their money where it will hold its value and buying power during times of extreme uncertainty?

If you eliminate fiat currencies, even the reserve currencies like the U.S. dollar, we are left with precious metals and stones. 

Don't misunderstand: Doom and gloom isn't certain. But with so geopolitical uncertainty in the world, it only makes sense to add some protection in the event something drastic does happen.

Let's take a look at some of the things pointing toward big changes in the near future. 

With the average fiat reserve currency since 1400 lasting between 80 and 105 years, and the dollar becoming the reserve currency in 1920s one could come to see that the dollar only has a short time left as the world's reserve currency. As the world's economic order shifts away from the U.S. as the sole dominant economy and toward one where China and Europe, not to mention other rising economies, vie for power, the dollar's status is already in question

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Should the dollar lose its status as part of some major changes in the world economic order, does gold, as an investment of last resort, have a path to $5,000, or more?

This chart below compares the current pricing patterns for gold with the last gold bubble, that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. 

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The chart below shows the price of gold, silver, the typical price bubble, and phases of the market which happen to all asset types at some point in their life cycles.

The red line shows the average market participants emotional state. Yellow line is the price of gold, and the grey line in silver.

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Source: SRS RoccoReport & GoldChartsrus.com

The last bull market in precious metals will be dwarfed by the next one, which could start later this year. Over the next five years currencies, metals, the stock market, new government policies could change more than we ever thought possible.

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Source: SRS RoccoReport & GoldChartsrus.com

What does all this mean? It means money could move out of currencies and into physical assets like gold, and silver.

Starting to accumulate physical gold and silver as a long term investment and as insurance for your portfolio is critical. Small denominations are best because when prices go up, it will be tough to sell single ounces of gold that will be worth many thousands of dollars, compared to grams, which will be only hundreds. 

If precious metals are about to start another bull market, there will be big gains in gold stocks, too

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.