Coin Money was invented by the Greeks

Greek Lighthouse
@Inlemay (16729)
South Africa
October 6, 2016 11:05pm CST
Kalimera, Kalimera everyone, that is Greek for Good Morning! Did you know that "Coin Money (invented by the Greeks) long before the rule of the Hellens, a trade system that relied on a token was developed, not goods. Commodity money was born, but the Hellens were the first to develop coins of different sizes and materials and put a value on various trading goods." There are many other fascinating things that the Greeks invented like Cement, Central Heating, Automatic Doors, and my favourite the LIGHTHOUSE! I am off to babysit my grandsons, so I shall be popping in during the day when I have free arms, eyes, legs and a brain! Kalimera Katerina
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
7 Oct 16
I have always understood that the first coinage was struck in electrum by the Lydians. Ancient Lydia was a part of what we now know as Turkey, so it is quite feasible that the kingdom may have overlapped into Greece to some degree.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
7 Oct 16
Probably. Wikipedia state the information I used above. I remember reading in A Tale of Two Cities where Bartering was the fashion, or a pound of flesh! Ha ha I have a back-side I am dying to barter away.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
7 Oct 16
@Inlemay I cannot remember either Shylock or Portia being characters in a Tale of Two. Cities.
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@LadyDuck (171600)
• Switzerland
7 Oct 16
I think that you are right Barry. The first coin, made of a gold and silver alloy, minted by King Alyattes in Sardis, Lydia (present-day Turkey), 610-600 BC. The first Greek coin, Silver drachma of Aegina, date of 404-340 BC.
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@Jackalyn (6684)
• Oxford, England
7 Oct 16
I love hearing facts like this. I always thought it was the Romans who invented central heating, but they must have stolen it from the Greeks. How did their automatic doors work or is that a recent Greek invention historically speaking?
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
7 Oct 16
no its an ancient invention - with hydraulics apparently
@Jackalyn (6684)
• Oxford, England
7 Oct 16
@Inlemay I really have to look that up!
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
8 Oct 16
@Jackalyn you will find some other great inventions there too
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Oct 16
the idea of money always kinda makes me go 'huh', a worthless piece of something being a marker for value, so can be traded in kind for things, it's kinda wild if you ponder it too long
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
17 Oct 16
I love the trade idea and its a pity that we have lost the value of necessities that take over the worth of money
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@Macarrosel (7541)
• Philippines
7 Oct 16
So Greeks invented cements. That's great to know.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
7 Oct 16
I thought it very interesting.
@TRBRocks420 (81278)
• Banks, Oregon
7 Oct 16
Wow I never knew that very interesting and, enjoy babysitting.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
7 Oct 16
I am on a break kiddies are napping
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@SophieY (857)
• South Africa
10 Oct 16
Stunning Lighthouse - we have a few in the Cape Area, but I am sure you have seen them
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@Marty1 (35555)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8 Oct 16
@inlemay Here's hoping you have an arm free soon! I want to thank you for making such an interesting post! I learned a lot from it! I think i read one of your discussions and it may have said you went to Greece have you visited?
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@PurnaSharma (2138)
• India
7 Oct 16
Wow very informative . Keep on posting such discussions.
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