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Barter (03:22)


People use money to express the value of goods and services. Early civilizations used bartering or trading systems instead of money.

Natural Money (01:25)

Natural money, typically a common object, was used throughout the world. Limestone, dried fish, and beaver pelts are examples.

Metals (01:24)

Metals were used alongside natural money. Gold and silver became the most popular metals used for currency.

Monetary Systems (03:29)

Coins were made to replace gold bars. The first coins were made in Turkey in 680 B.C. Paper money was created because of a shortage of gold and silver.

Modern Day Money (02:48)

Most countries have national mints where they print new money and manage the circulation of money. Credit and debit cards represent digital money.

Summary (03:10)

Early civilizations used bartering and trading before natural money. As technology advanced, monetary systems became more complex.

Credits: Money (02:24)

Credits: Money

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Money has been used since the Byzantine Era, when coins first appeared. Learn about the function of money, how long it has existed, and the different currencies throughout time. Topics include: metals, the first coins, certificates, monetary systems, bank notes, electronic money, material wealth, and money in modern-day society.

Length: 20 minutes

Item#: BVL155113

Copyright date: ©2013

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