Money is quite strange. Richard Davies, author of the New York Times book review “The Fiction That Makes the World Go Round” sees currency as “…a national bedrock that sits alongside anthems and flags.” It is something that is exchanged for all kinds of goods and services. In this society, we can’t live without it. But Jacob Goldstein, author of the book Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing argues that money is “…a shared fiction. Money is fundamentally, unalterably social.” In his book, he addresses the evolution of currency, more specifically how it changed from something like salt or coins, to paper with a given value because it can be conveniently exchanged for other things. Currency has continually shifted with the different economies of history. It has always driven society in one way or another, but it has never been given a distinct value.

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