What paid off in old times with?
Yes, skins of animals became the first money. Judge for yourself: they are easy, long remain, it is possible to make footwear or clothes of them and even to fit a board. Paid with skins goods, slaves and even penalties. For example, for a verbal abuse the offender had to pay with a fox skin, and for injuries – an invaluable sable. By the way, similar money was also in use of the people of Alaska quite recently what the great traveler and the writer Jack London kindly tells about.
money served In ancient Mongolia so-called "brick" tea. It represented the mix of tea and some plants which is plentifully impregnated with veal blood and well dried. The weight of one such "brick" quite often was 1,5 kilograms. According to Przhevalsky who for the first time visited Mongolia well to stint in the market, Mongols had to drag on themselves several tens of kilograms of "brick" tea. Naturally, they came back home not less loaded.
performed function of money also cowry shells In due time. They were known by Siam and Africa, India and Ceylon, Germany and Sweden, France, ancient Nineveh and many other countries. Just imagine – for one young slave demanded 5 bags of a cowry. In one bag there were about 200 000 sinks! Reading to
these lines, involuntarily you think – as it is good to have paper currency and not to trouble itself heavy and inconvenient money of last years!