Little Known Fun Facts

Fun Facts about money and economies

Bartering was first recorded in Egypt over 4,500 years ago.

In the past, people have used many different things as money.  Among them: salt, cocoa beans, grain, cows, shark’s teeth, and precious stones.

The first record of a coin is by Croesus, King of Lydia (now part of Turkey).

The world’s smallest coin weighed only .002 grams and was from Nepal.

The world’s heaviest coin was from Sweden and weighed 43 pounds 7 1/4 oz.

The writing of many coins is often a type of code to save space.

Coins have a grooved edge because in the past dishonest traders filed down the edges to remove some of the precious metal.  Many countries print images or writing at the very edge of the coin to prevent this same dishonest practice.  

A banknote is made on special paper; when held up to the light , it reveals a watermark that looks like a picture.

A security thread is enclosed in the paper used for currency; this makes copying more difficult for counterfeiters.

The world’s smallest banknote, issued in Morocco, was the size of a postage stamp.

The largest check every written was from the American ambassador to the Indian government for $1,279,187,490.

The wealth required to provide adequate food, water, education, health and housing for everyone in the world for a whole year is equivalent tot he amount spent on arms every two weeks worldwide.

There are 138 stock exchanges in the world.





Stock Exchanges
The largest bank note was the Chinese 1 Kwan, printed in the 14th century, measuring 9 X 13 inches.

More money is spent on arms in the world than on education, health, or any other form of development.

The cost of the 10-years campaign to eradicate smallpox worldwide was less than three hours spending on arms worldwide.

The world’s worst inflation was in Hungary in June 1946, when the 1931 gold pengo was valued at 130 million trillion paper pengos.

Half the population of the world earns only 5% of the world’s total wealth.

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The first european stock exchange was established in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1531.

While not all of a person income is taxable in Norway, some people there pay more than 100% of their taxable income.  

The highest recorded personal tax demand is one for $336 million on the estate of Howard Hughes.

Four of the richest countries in the world with some of the highest personal income, Bahrain, Brunei, Kuwait, and Qatar, have no tax at all.

As a check is only an instruction to a bank, it can be written on anything.  In the past people have written checks on such things as stone slabs, bananas and cows.

Many countries have a central bank to keep watch on private banks.



The central bank in Germany is the Deutswche Bundesbank.  The central bank in the United Kingdom is the Bank of England.  The central bank in the united States is the Federal reserve System.
The Banc’ Eireann is a bank on wheels providing a service for far-flung customers in rural southern Ireland.

Most of the earliest banks were started by goldsmiths, who had safes for their gold. People then paid to keep their own valuables in the goldsmith’s safes.
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