In the 16th century silver coins stimulate trade all over Europe. The coins are called Thallers because they come from a silver rich valley and the German word for "valley" is "thal". In English this word changes to "dollar" and in 1785 it becomes the official currency of the US. The first American dollars are actually Spanish peso's because the US has trouble minting coins. The Spanish peso's displayed a single column with a banner wrapped around it which became the symbol for the dollar ($)...
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