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It also made many of us think, both practically and philosophically, about what money really is and has been. The precious metals, by contrast, could be made into coins of predetermined weight corresponding to different face values. The rulers, unfortunately, were the most frequent offenders - their proclivity to wage wars always demanded extra-budgetary resource-raising. Even during the third-century Roman Emperor Aurelian's time, the basic silver coin actually had 95 per cent copper.
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