Show Me the Money

Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and… the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.

Samuel Johnson

Money as a state coinage is said to have originated in Lydia (an Iron Age kingdom located in the western region of modern Turkey) in the seventh century BCE. This enabled governments to issue coins whose nominal value exceeded their value as metals. Paper, as money, is very modern — only about 300 years old.

There is little doubt that money is perhaps the universally most interesting object to all of us. Money is a horror but what it can do is fantastic.

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American Military Payment Certificates

One Dollar bill (front)
One Dollar bill (back)
Another One Dollar bill (front)
Another One Dollar bill (back)
Five Dollar bill (front)
Five Dollar bill (back)
Another Five Dollar bill (front)
Another Five Dollar bill (back)
Ten Dollar bill (front)
Ten Dollar bill (back)
Twenty-five Cent bill (front)
Twenty-five Cent bill (back)
Another Twenty-five Cent bill (front)
Another Twenty-five Cent bill (back)
Yet another Twenty-five Cent bill (front)
Yet another Twenty-five Cent bill (back)

Currency from the Indochina area

Cambodia 500 Riels (front)
Cambodia 500 Riels (back)
French Indochina 20 Piastres (front)
French Indochina 20 Piastres (back)
French Indochina 100 Piastres (front)
French Indochina 100 Piastres (back)
French Indochina 5 Piastres (front)
French Indochina 5 Piastres (back)
French Indochina 5 Piastres (front)
French Indochina 5 Piastres (back)
South Vietnam 20 Ðồng (front)
South Vietnam 20 Ðồng (back)
French Indochina 1 Piastre (front)
French Indochina 1 Piastre (back)

Vietnamese currency

Front of a bill liberated from a young NVA soldier in 1966. From an area near Marble Mountain called “the Horseshoe”.
Back of another bill liberated from a young NVA soldier in 1966. From an area near Marble Mountain called “the Horseshoe”.
South Vietnam 1000 Đồng (front), Independence Palace
South Vietnam 1000 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 100 Đồng (front), National Bank of Vietnam building
South Vietnam 100 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 500 Đồng (front), National Bank of Vietnam building
South Vietnam 500 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 500 Đồng (front),
Trần Hưng Đạo
South Vietnam 500 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 500 Đồng (front), Independence Palace
South Vietnam 500 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 200 Đồng (front)
South Vietnam 500 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 50 Đồng (front), Independence Palace
South Vietnam 50 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 50 Đồng (front), National Bank of Vietnam building
South Vietnam 50 Đồng (back)
South Vietnam 20 Đồng (front)
South Vietnam 20 Đồng (back)