Cities Minting Their Own Currency, Trade Between Disparate Coins, and the 18th Century Standard of Only Countries Minting Currency

Throughout history, cities were alotted the legal status to design and manufacture their own currency which inevitably lead to tens of thousands of different designs on both the fronts and backs of coins, across the ancient world. This chaotic coin system was not an issue for commerce as each coin made was approximately the same size and weight with the same amount of silver or gold smelted into it, so trade of coins was incredibly easy as values would not fluctuate and could be traded for their...

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