Some form of currency has been around for nearly as long as people have walked the earth.
From bartering, to trading cattle, to swapping Bitcoins, the following infographic from mint.com explores the evolution of money including the many monetary experiments that have taken place since ancient times.
Some forms of currency have stood the test of time – for example precious metals like gold or paper money which was first introduced in China in 806 after a copper shortage prevented the minting of new coins.
Other forms didn’t have much staying power – things like squirrel pelts, cowry shells, or parmesan cheese are only remembered for their peculiarity.
Subscribe & don’t miss a single episode of Michael Yardney’s podcast
Hear Michael & a select panel of guest experts discuss property investment, success & money related topics. Subscribe now, whether you're on an Apple or Android handset.
Need help listening to Michael Yardney’s podcast from your phone or tablet?
We have created easy to follow instructions for you whether you're on iPhone / iPad or an Android device.
Prefer to subscribe via email?
Join Michael Yardney's inner circle of daily subscribers and get into the head of Australia's best property investment advisor and a wide team of leading property researchers and commentators.