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Jenkins, Martin: The Story of Money

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Jenkins, Martin: The Story of Money

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Jenkins, Martin

The Story of Money

Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

Walker, 2014, pp60, 12.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 4063 2458 7

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In the Yap islands in the South Pacific, it can be a huge stone with a hole in the middle. In Sweden three hundred and fifty years ago it was great copper slabs that you needed a donkey to carry. It can be a string of shells, or a bundle of special cloth. Nowadays it is likely to be a row of noughts and ones in a computer somewhere.

In this fascinating book, Martin Jenkins explores the history of money from its beginnings to today's world of electronic transfers and bank bail-outs. Bartering was the origin of trade, from which grew ways of recording transactions, such as marks on clay tablets. This in its turn helped to lead to 'proper' writing. At about the same time that the concept of trade came into being, people were also discovering metal- working, in particular gold, silver, copper and electrum. …

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