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March 1, 2005

World's Oldest Banknote

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You're looking at it.

It comes from China and was made in the 1300s out of paper from the mulberry tree.

The first real paper money was already being used in the Chinese province of Szechuan in 1024.

When Marco Polo came home after living for more than 20 years at the court of the Emperor of China he told people about the use of paper money but nobody believed him.

More than 100 years would pass before paper money was finally introduced into Europe.

The Orell Füssli Security Printing Company, which prints Swiss currency, has an interesting website with all sorts of interesting information about paper money.

In this instance it's probably best to buy rather than make your own.

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