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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:32 pm 
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Hello.
Does anyone know what kind of currency the ancient egyptians used around 3000B.C. ? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:06 am 
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I believe they used grain and other kinds of harvested goods.

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Minted coins first appear in Egypt only in the fourth century B.C. when the last Egyptian pharaohs begin hiring Greek mercenaries who demand payment in currency.

Rameses II and Egypt, Olivier Tiano


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:37 am 
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In the tomb of Rekhmire (ca 3500 BC) there's a scene of the inspection of the taxes.

Different places had to pay tax and the payments include gold, silver, hides, oxen, bows, wood, linen, etc.

To give an example, the taxes payed by "the scribe of the Islands which are in the south" includes 2 deben of gold (roughly a 1/2 lb of gold), 30 pigeons (:D ), 2 oxen, 5 yearlings and 1 chest of linen.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:26 pm 
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Actually I learn about Ancient Egypt in my history subject. And I remembered that we did not discuss the currency they are using on that time. But I read on one book about Ancient Egypt is that they are using grain or jewelry as money, trading and selling for other goods or items.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:21 am 
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They used barter but given weights of metal were used almost like modern coins e.g. a deben of copper


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