Gold Coins of the World: From Ancient Times to the Present : an Illustrated Standard Catalogue with Valuations
overs the entire history of world gold coinage form the 5th century B.C. through the modern coin issues of today. Part I, the section on ancient coins covers, in order, Ancient Greece, the Roman Republic and Empire and the Byzantine Empire. Part II lists the coins of the world in alphabetical order by country from approximately AD 600 to date. With current market valuations usually in the two most commonly encountered states of preservation. Tables of weight and precious metal content included with coins of each country.
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In around 1800 BC ; the era of banking began.
For the sake of ease & comfort; people would deposit their coins with money-lenders....
The latter would issue receipts against these coins ( " Promissory Notes " )....
These receipts became the origins of bank notes / paper currency as we know of; today !
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