Money Trivia Quiz

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6. The mysterious East

When Marco Polo visited China in the 13th century, one thing that surprised him related to monetary practices. What was it?

A) Clay figurines were used in the marketplace instead of metal coins
B) Making extravagant gifts of money to parents was socially obliged
C) Paper currency, manufactured in official factories, was widely used
D) Peasants were not allowed to use money, but only to barter

Your answer — A) Clay figurines were used in the marketplace instead of metal coins — was incorrect.

Marco reported in considerable detail about the making and use of paper money under Kublai Khan. The paper was made from the wood of the mulberry tree following methods that had developed over the previous millennium. Each note was produced with the participation of several officials, each of whom applied his particular seal.

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