the history of money

The Story of Money


They say love makes the world go round, but the real culprit might be a bit more expensive.

I recently spoke with Ben Alsop, Citi Money Gallery curator for the history of money exhibit at the British Museum. He says money, even in its most basic form, will always be a key factor in how the world economy operates.

“It's played such a central role in society so it's interesting that with money people feel that visceral element they want to have it, they want to control it, they want to be able to spend it, they want to be able to accumulate it.”

Alsop says besides being fundamental requirement money also holds religious meaning, and for some people it can also be lucky.  read more »

The History of Money

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There are many things the people on this planet have in common; and one of them is in your wallet.

“There's not a person on this earth that doesn't have a relationship with money be it positive or negative so therefore the minute you walk into the Citi Money Gallery you at least have an appreciation of what you're looking at and you can therefore relate to someone who lived 2,000 years ago or 10 years ago.”

Ben Alsop is the curator for the Citi Money Gallery's History of Money exhibit at the British museum. He says the exhibit is a way to look at the history of the world through something we have all shared.  read more »