This is how money supply has evolved since 1871:
Alfred Nobel's testament stipulated that the endowment be invested in "safe securities." Traditionally, government bonds were the embodiment of safety. Wartime inflation, however, ate away a large part of the famous prize's real value:
Luckily, in the 1950's, the term "safe securities" was redefined to include equities. As the price of equities generally increases with inflation, Nobel Prize was salvaged from insignificance. In the 1980's, the Nobel Foundation was able to award prizes that could match the purchasing power from the early 1900's.
If you cannot destroy inflation (which you, alas, cannot) it's better to use it. Shun government bonds whenever and wherever possible: that's another takeaway from the story.