A Brief History of Money: From Athens to Auschwitz

March 5, 12, 19, 26

The meaning of money is ever changing. Money for ancient peoples consisted of certain weights of precious metals, whereas money during the American Revolution was paper "guaranteed" by Congress and later redeemed at two cents per dollar. Today most money is electronic. In this forum, Physics Professor Steve Feller will discuss the development of money and examine its history.

Participants will look at and hold ancient coins. The complexity of early America is reflected in currency. Scrip used in WWII helps tell the story of the concentration camps, a specialty of Feller's. The series concludes with a discussion of the future of money. Are paper and metallic currency on the way out?


Steve Feller
B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics