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What was the Russian beard token used for? Proof of tax payment.
In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of Russia following European models. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a "beard token" with them all the time.
Where does the name of the Russian currency come from - the ruble? From breaking.
The word "ruble" comes from the verb meaning "break" and refers to the Middle Ages, when pieces of silver were broken into smaller ones when changing money. The ruble was the world's first decimal currency: it was decimalised in 1704 when the ruble became legally equal to 100 kopeks.
Who are considered to be the creators of coins? Phoenicians.
The creators of coins were probably Phoenicians. Phoenicia is an ancient land that encompasses the areas of today's Lebanon, western Syria and northern Israel. In addition to the invention of coins, the Phoenicians also created the first ever alphabetical magazine.
What's the name of a non-round coin? Klippe .
A klippe is a square coin minted on more easily produced square flans either using round or square dies. These coins were originally issued under unfavourable conditions, such as a city under siege. Such emergency coins were issued in Vienna in 1529, while the city was besieged by the troops of the Ottoman Empire.
Which of these coins is the oldest? Denarius.
The denarius was a small silver coin of ancient Rome, first minted in 211 BC. Its name is still current as 'dinar' in many modern countries (Serbia, Iraq, Malaysia etc.), since the Islamic dinar comes directly from Byzantine denarius.
Which of the following currencies was decimalised last? Pound sterling.
On 15 February 1971, the UK decimalised the pound sterling, replacing the shilling and penny with a single subdivision, the new penny. Under the old currency, the pound was made up of 240 pence, with 12 pence in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound.