It is believed that cattle may have been the oldest of all forms of money. Using cattle as a form of money
dates back to 9000 B.C. Some cattle were still used as money in parts of Africa in the mid 1900’s.
Coins first appeared around 2000 BC in the form of pieces of bronze shaped like cattle. Each coin’s
value was determined by weight. Some of these bronze pieces were heavy, which could make them awkward to use.
The first coins with that were imprinted with their value on them were first produced around 650 B.C. in Europe.
Around A.D. 806, the Chinese invented and briefly used paper currency, but the first consistent use of paper money
was by the French in the 18th century.