Posted last night to my gaming group's facebook page:
"Hey guys, guys, guess who's become THAT guy!
I spent a happy hour or so calculating how much gold, silver and copper pieces would be worth in today's money, then equating that to starting wealth, and finally cross referencing the results against World Bank stats of GDP. Yes, I know.
"But what were the results?" I hear you ask in a suitably reverential hush. Well, they were singularly uninteresting. At 20th level you would have 1.2 cubic meters of solid gold, fetching £580 million and weighing 23 tons. This is equivalent to the GDP of the Solomon Islands and requiring a strength of 54 to lift. Just saying.
A party of 4 at 20th level would have enough gold to compete against the economy of Fiji.
In fact, if you exchanged all your stuff for gold pieces, at 8th level you would outstrip Tuvalu for GDP.
Someone help me."