Paper money was first introduced by the Chinese in 806 A.D.

(Seemingly there was a severe copper shortage, and funnily they abandoned paper money again in 1455 (I guess they found some more copper). Notes didn’t appear in Europe and America until the mid-1600s and it was another hundred years before paper money became common. It’s strange that it ever did because, let’s face it, paper currency is actually worthless.)

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