The history of money can be traced back over 4,000 years. During this time, currency has taken many different forms, from coins to banknotes, shells to mobile phones.
This gallery displays the history of money around the world.
From the earliest evidence, to the latest developments in digital technology, money has been an important part of human societies. Looking at the history of money gives us a way to understand the history of the world.
From the earliest objects used for exchange, to the technology changing the way we spend
One millionth object recorded by PAS now on display
The find is a Roman coin in a hoard of 22,000 others dating to around AD341 found in Seaton, Devon. The copper alloy coin, called a nummus, was struck in AD 332 at the mint of Lyon (Gaul). It shows the personification of Constantinopolis on the obverse and a Victory on prow on the reverse.
19 May 2014
Ben Alsop, Curator, British Museum
12 May 2014
Benjamin Alsop, curator, British Museum
11 April 2014
Ian Leins and Emma Morris, curators, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum
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Watch British Sign Language videos of objects on display in this gallery.