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Question #16658 posted on 07/18/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When was paper money first used?

- Russ

A: Dear Russ-

Unsurprisingly, paper money was first used on the most socially and technologically advanced part of the world for most of the last couple thousand years: China.

http://www.silk-road.com/artl/papermoney.shtml explains how paper money gradually came into widespread use; 'real' money as we know it, issued by the government, started in 1023.

-The Franchise
A: Dear Russ,

As a fascinating sidenote (get it? side NOTE?), did you know that the U.S. used to print a 25 cent paper note?

-Petra, pursuer of all things trivial