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Money Trivia Quiz

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It’s just a number, but it’s one to which people attach extraordinary importance — more than their weight or their age, even. It’s their wealth, the amount of treasure of various sorts that they own, all convertible and reducible to a single quantity, an amount of money.

Money quiz frontispiece: The Tribute Money, a painting by Titian, circa 1516

The Tribute Money (detail)
by Titian, painted c. 1516

But what is money? In principle it’s just a convention. It’s like a tally, a way of keeping score. For a mere convenient abstraction, however, it does have a way of getting out of hand, and that all too literally.

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