The Story of Money: 05-Money Takes Many Shapes

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Unusual objects that function as money have existed all over the world. Some of these were easier to use than others.
Whale tooth Bronze tempo coin
whale tooth bronze tempo coin
 
Velvet mark, silk mark
velvet, silk marks velvet, silk marks
 
Three-legged coin Zappozap Yap stones were symbols of wealth
3-legged coin zappozap yap stone
 
Jade coins were used as
temple offerings
Silver bar Shoe money
jade coin silver bar shoe money
 
Gambling tokens from Siam (now Thailand)
Siamese gambling token
Early 18th-century round
Siamese gambling token
Royal water jar and crab
Siamese gambling token
Money pouch
Siamese gambling token
Early-type oval
Siamese gambling token
Lozenge round
Siamese gambling token
Hexagon
Siamese gambling token
Fu-dog
Siamese gambling token
Oval with hole for stringing
Siamese gambling token
Rare double circle
Siamese gambling token
Rare diamond