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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 68

Today we arrive at British Museum Room 68 – Money, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Explore the evolution of money through the ages. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Chinese Ming Bank Note, 1375, by Unknown
2. Silver Indian Tetradrachm of Agathocleia and Strato, 130 BC – 100 AD, by Unknown
3. Coin of Muhammad Ibn Sam, 1192-1206, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery traces the history of money back over 4,000 years.
  • It showcases various currencies and objects that were used as ‘money’, from all over the world and through time.
  • It may be surprising to know that some of our modern economic and financial structures are inspired by ideas that our ancient ancestors first thought of. The concept of buying goods on credit, for instance, is not at all new or recently developed. People have been doing this since time immemorial.
  • Major shifts in power, trade and development of industry are better understood through the study of money itself – which is at the core of most human enterprises.

A Final Thought :

When we look back today, we may be unable to relate to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The stark difference between them and us being that we love to collect and hoard things. And of course, everyone loves amassing money and increasing their wealth. So, if money truly does make the world go ‘round, where did it all begin? Perhaps you could attempt to answer this question with a visit to the British Museum’s Room 68.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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