Ancient Currency: A Guide to Money in Ancient Times

Started by gash, June 04, 2017, 10:13:16 pm

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Human beings didn't always trade goods and services for paper notes that can be used to buy pretty much anything within a country's borders. For the vast majority of the existence of the species, bartering was the best method of trade. Ancient writing systems, like cuneiform, first started as a method of keeping track of barters. The journey between trading barley for wool and trading a piece of paper for a new pair of wool socks is a long and complicated one, but the first step in the journey included developing a system of barter with smaller items of recognized value.

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