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Story of Money

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Coins did not require any weighing and measuring at the time of trade. Standard designs and quality made coins easy to recognize and lessened doubts about the kind and purity of metal used in them.
Weighing takes time and effort
Weights are hard to standardize
Electrum stater (610–561 B.C.) Gold stater (560–546 B.C.)
Greek silver victory coin
The many advantages of coins induced governments throughout the world to produce coin money

Silver siglos

Gold daric

Bronze AE

Bronze AS

Silver tetradrachm

Gold nomisma

Silver blanc

Gold ducat


Silver bu-gin

Bronze pu