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.
Admission free, open late Fridays
The Citi Money Gallery runs a range of educational programmes for school groups from KS2 through to KS5.
Chinese Ming banknote, China, AD
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From the earliest objects used for exchange to the technology changing the way we spend.
27 August 2015
Amelia Dowler, Curator of Greek and Roman Provincial Coins, British Museum
17 August 2015
Ben Alsop, Project Curator, Coins and Medals collection, British Museum
18 December 2014
Ben Alsop, curator, British Museum