“A Brief History of Money”

“In the beginning, there was grass. The earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia relied on barely and wheat. In Africa, they had preferred cowrie shells. The ancient Egyptians used bits of metal. The ancient Greeks embossed theirs with kings and gods. In the Middle Ages, the English used blocks of wood. Halfway around the world, the Chinese were using paper, but only after dabbling with leather. In the age of exploration, European sailors with coins fought Indian tribesmen with beads. Five hundred years later, everybody prefers plastic.”

“from ghettos to goldman” , read it here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-money/72153/

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