History of money

Learn about milestones in the evolution of money.

History of money


Note: CE means Common Era (also known as Current or Christian Era), which is an alternative designation for Calendar Era, traditionally identified as AD.

BCE means Before the Common Era and is sometimes written as BC (also known as Before Christ). Thus, “2012 CE” corresponds to “AD 2012”, and “299 BCE” corresponds to “299 BC”.

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