When – and why – did people first start using money?
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By Chapurukha Kusimba, Professor of Anthropology, American University. The advantages of coins as currency were clear. cgb , CC BY-SA Sometimes you run across a grimy, tattered dollar bill that seems like it’s been around since the beginning of time. Assuredly it hasn’t, but the history of human beings using cash currency does go back a…