began to use pieces of metal for money. They used copper,
iron, bronze, gold and silver. Metal wouldn't get sick,
spoil, or break. Metal could be carried around much easier
than a cow or sacks of grain! In the beginning people used
lumps of metal, chunks of metal, and metal in all shapes
and sizes. The heavier the piece of metal was, the more
you could buy with it.
one man gave another man a piece of metal the other
man weighed it with a scale. This was done every time
a person gave another person a chunk of metal to make
sure that nobody cheated anybody else. But what happened
if there was no scale nearby?
metals took time and wasn't very convenient for anyone.
People decided to weigh a piece of metal once and make a
mark on it that told how much it weighed. Then the metal
would not have to be weighed every time it was traded. Now
everyone could look at the piece of metal and see how much
it was worth. Pieces of metal that were weighed and marked
this way were the first coins.
try the "Bartering
for Bargains" Quiz to test your knowledge!
NOTE: "Bartering Lesson
Plan" is suggested as an accompanying activity
to this material.
Patricia Knox - Online Museum Educators 2001