Before the invention of coins, people around the world used a diverse range of objects as money.
Different societies invested such objects with fixed values in order to provide a more flexible means of exchange than straightforward barter.
Useful things that acquired monetary value at certain times have included Indian almonds, Scandinavian dried fish, and Mexican cacao beans.
[A throwback to those days of old was the use of rum as a form of currency in early New South Wales where there was very few coins.]
The path to finding the best form of money was long and riddled with trial and error, because as this infographic demonstrates, all these wonderful and sometimes weird objects were ultimately unsuccessful as money.
Look below for this fascinating insight into some of the world’s strangest currencies through time!