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Early Currency

Early Currency

Before the days where the government made the currency for each nation. Many different currencies have existed over time including gold, silver, trade items, weaponry, and more. The museum displays multiple early currencies that were used centuries ago from different shipwrecks.

  • Arrowhead coins - Bronze arrowheads have been used as a currency since the 7th-century before coins and were highly sought after as they were also used for weaponry.
  • Chinese coins - Used from 618 AD up until the 19th-century, these bronze coins were made with holes in the center to string the coins together for easy transportation.
  • Glass beads - Discovered on a shipwreck dating back to the late 1600s - early 1700s, these Venetian glass beads were first manufactured in the 15th Century. The beads were used to trade for a variety of goods around the world. Bead currency was a highly prized possession by pirates in the Mediterranean Sea.

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