When was Money invented? The Mesopotamians are generally credited with invention of coins using precious metals as a form of money in 2400 BC.

Who invented Money? The name of a specific person has never been credited with the invention of money. The invention of money is so old that the name of the inventor has been lost over time, although the first use of money is believed to have originated in the Ancient Eastern civilization known as Mesopotamia that was located in the Middle East, now modern day Iraq, and part of Syria and Turkey. .

Definition of Money: Money is defined as a medium of exchange, measure of value, or a means of payment using official banknotes and coins accepted as payment for goods and services.


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Fact File: Who invented Money? Date of Invention: 2400 BC *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Historical Period: Ancient World *** Country of Origin: Mesopotamia ***

Fact 1: Who invented Money? Livestock: Prior to the invention of money barter was used as a medium of exchange for property, resources and services. The values of livestock, such as cattle, sheep and camels were reckoned and used as the most common form of barter.

Fact 2: Who invented Money? Barley: The Mesopotamians were the first to use grain as a form of currency. Barley was used as the original medium of weight in Mesopotamia. This early unit of weight was called a shekel, its name derived from the Mesopotamia words 'she' and 'kel' meaning "barley and weighed". The 'shekel' was equal in weight to 180 grains of barley, or around 11 grams.

Fact 3: Who invented Money? Silver Rings: Silver rings were used as currency, money, in both Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt about 2000 years before the first coins were struck. Much later, copper and gold rings were used as currency by Celtic tribes and were often worn on clothing.

Fact 4: Who invented Money? The Mesopotamians: The Mesopotamian invention of coins using precious metals was made 2400 BC as a form of money. Coins were less expensive to produce than silver rings.

Fact 5: Who invented Money? Shekels:  The word  'shekels' was then given to the coins invented by the Mesopotamians as a natural progression to their new form of currency following barley. Silver coins were more transportable than barley. Barley was considered cheap money and silver was the more expensive form of money. The shekels were in common use in trade as silver pieces of a definite weight, consisting of shekels, half-shekels, and quarter-shekels.

Fact 6: Who invented Money? As Mesopotamia was part of an extensive trade network the use of the Shekel was adopted by other countries and civilizations. The Shekel were in common use and assumed a major role in the history of the Jewish people.

Fact 7: Who invented Money? Electrum: The Mermnadae dynasty of Lydia, an ancient Iron Age kingdom in western Anatolia, now Turkey (c.700 B.C. to 550 B.C.) is also known to have used coins of pure gold and pure silver. The first Lydian coins were the size of beans and made of a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver, with trace amounts of copper and other metals, called electrum or 'green gold'..

Fact 8: Who invented Money? The confusion as to whether the Lydians or the Mesopotamians invented money is due to the Ancient Greek historian Herodotus (c. 484 - c. 425 BC).  Herodotus wrote that the Lydians used gold and silver coins in retail shops they had established in permanent locations, however, he was not clear whether these were the first people to use coins as money. Given the long history of Mesopotamia and the numerous Mesopotamian inventions it is likely that the Mesopotamians were the first to invent money but that the use of Lydian 'green gold' was spread around the Mediterranean by the Phoenician pirates and traders.

Fact 9: Who invented Money? Persian coins: After the Mesopotamians and Lydians, other cultures began to make coins for use in trading. The Persian daric is mentioned in the Bible in respect of coined money. The Daric was a gold coin used by the Persian Empire during the reign of Cyrus the Great (550530 BC)

Fact 10: Who invented Money? Greek Coins: Greek coins consisted of gold, silver, and copper pieces. The gold coins were called staters and the silver coins were called tetradrachms and drachms.

Fact 11: Who invented Money? Roman Coins:  Romans used salt as a currency. soldiers, officers, and civil administrators were paid with "salt money". Roman coins consisted of gold, silver, bronze and copper pieces were introduced to the Roman Empire during the third century BC. The imagery on coins had taken an important step when Julius Caesar issued coins bearing his own portrait. From this time Roman coins featured the head of the Emperors and the Roman gods.

Fact 12: Who invented Money? Milled Coins:  Disreputable people began to shave off bits of gold and silver from the coins. The shaved coins were still used at their original value although they were worth less because they weighed less. To prevent this practice governments began to require that coins be milled, cut with fine grooves or indentations across the edges. People were then able to identify the less valuable shaved coins and knew that they were getting their "money's worth".

Fact 13: Who invented Money? Shell Money: The invention of Chinese money began with the use of 'shell money'. Cowry shells are believed to have been the earliest form of currency used in China. Other civilizations also used shell money as a form of currency.

Fact 14: Who invented Money? Chinese Money: Other materials such as jade, bronze and gold were then used to make shell-shaped coins to replace Chinese shell money.

Fact 15: Who invented Money? The invention of Paper money was made c. 740 BC during the Tang Dynasty (618AD - 907AD). Chinese paper money was used as a form of as exchange notes or bills of credit.

Fact 16: Who invented Money? Wampum: Wampum, small cylindrical beads made from quahog or whelk shells, were used as a form of shell money by Northeast Woodland tribes and the Native American Indian tribes of the Great Lakes. In 1637 Wampum was declared legal tender in the American Colonies.

Fact 17: Who invented Money? Three types of money were used in the British colonies of colonial America. Commodity money in which articles of trade such as wampum, beaver skins, produce, and tobacco. Gold and silver coins were called Specie and printed paper money used as a substitute for specie.

Fact 18: Who invented Money? Gold Standard: Gold was officially made the standard of value in England in 1816 and guidelines were issued allowing for a non-inflationary production of standard banknotes which represented a certain amount of gold.

Fact 19: Who invented Money? International Monetary Regulation: The gold standards ended in the 1930's and the complexities of international monetary regulation began with internationally agreed rules and supporting institutions, that facilitate international trade, cross border investments and  the reallocation of capital between countries.

Fact 20: Who invented Money? Charge Cards: Charge cards were introduced in the United States in the 1920's following the automobile boom and the freedom to travel. Service Stations and hotels began to provide charge cards so that people did not have to travel to their banks to obtain money.

Fact 21: Who invented Money? Credit Cards:  Frank McNamara and Ralph Schneider issued the first Diners Club card in 1950 and American Express launched its card in 1958.

Fact 22: Who invented Money? Electronic Money: The Digital Age of the Internet and the World Wide Web has witnessed economic transactions taking place electronically without the exchange of any physical currency. Electronic money only exists in banking computer systems and is not held in any physical form. Just as barter was replaced by trading in shells and rings and coins were replaced by paper money the future is destined to lie in Electronic money.

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