The Origins of Exchange and Money

Did you know historians and archaeologists have found evidence of trade from the start of human history? Early humans would often exchange goods—such as food, tools, and other materials—upon meeting each other. This simple exchange would eventually lead to the development of money. Let’s take a closer look.

For an extended period, trade was the method of payment between humans. A farmer would exchange part of his harvest to pay for cloth, livestock, or building materials. However, this system soon changed when goods, such as food, had a shorter shelf life than others. The promise of money, in the form of gold coins and silver, then became the accepted form of payment. Watch the video for an in-depth understanding of how humans continued to accept precious metals and eventually paper money as payments.

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