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    Posted: 08 May 2013 at 01:31
Hi All,  I have a question for discussion.  I am a Numismatist interested in how money comes to a civilization.  I invite all comments, in and out of the box so I can get an idea of the range of thought on the subject.  What kinds of "money" and proto-money were used in the Americas and how was value calculated.  I imagine it will parallel European and Asian civilizations with impotant similarities and differences. A friend of mine is researching Fort Atkinson in Nebraska and noted there were a large (in comparison) portion of holed Mexican silver reales.  They must have migrated there by way of Trade Routes......So I looked up Native American Trade Routes and found there were lots of them,  which raises several more questions about:  What was the effect of European money being forcibly injected into the late Neolithic cultures of the Americas?   How did the Barter system give way to cash? 
 
The Aztecs had currency, much along the same lines as the ancient Chinese which was stylized implements. There were 2 sizes, large and small and the Spanish traded them at between 10 and 30 to the silver real.   So,  was America on the verge of developing a true money system?   and what was the effect of jump-starting that system by 500 years?
 
Two major problems with basic research here in that the established trade routes which served a VERY large population pre 1492 are now 500 years overgrown,  and that there was no written language to document the existence of advanced trade over an enormous area.  Or are there?
 
 
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One further thing to add to that, because I know it happened in Australia and I would assume it happened to a greater degree in America, is that the establish trade routes of 1492 may in fact be identifiable roads and railways today. Old trade routes can still be used.

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Originally posted by jb10272nd jb10272nd wrote:

Hi All,  I have a question for discussion.  I am a Numismatist interested in how money comes to a civilization.  I invite all comments, in and out of the box so I can get an idea of the range of thought on the subject.  What kinds of "money" and proto-money were used in the Americas and how was value calculated.  I imagine it will parallel European and Asian civilizations with impotant similarities and differences. A friend of mine is researching Fort Atkinson in Nebraska and noted there were a large (in comparison) portion of holed Mexican silver reales.  They must have migrated there by way of Trade Routes......So I looked up Native American Trade Routes and found there were lots of them,  which raises several more questions about:  What was the effect of European money being forcibly injected into the late Neolithic cultures of the Americas?   How did the Barter system give way to cash? 
 
The Aztecs had currency, much along the same lines as the ancient Chinese which was stylized implements. There were 2 sizes, large and small and the Spanish traded them at between 10 and 30 to the silver real.   So,  was America on the verge of developing a true money system?   and what was the effect of jump-starting that system by 500 years?
 
Two major problems with basic research here in that the established trade routes which served a VERY large population pre 1492 are now 500 years overgrown,  and that there was no written language to document the existence of advanced trade over an enormous area.  Or are there?
 
 


Sorry for a too late response, but as far as I know pre-Contact people didn't have currency, although they had some valuable goods that served as measurement of trade, like cacao beans in Mesoamerica and copper axes in the Inca Empire. But money was introduced by Europeans in the Americas.
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