Bizarre things that were used as currency

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Iron bars - In the 17th and 18th centuries, some parts of West Africa used iron bars as currency. 

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Tea - Tea was used as currency in Tibet. Tea bricks were used as a unit of value until coins and notes were introduced in the 20th century.

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Jade - This exquisite gemstone was used as currency across Mesoamerica and in some parts of Asia, such as China. 

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Cowrie shells - Cowrie shells were a popular currency in parts of Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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Kilimanjaro stones - Kilimanjaro stones, also known as Chagga stones or Meru stones, were used as currency in Tanzania. 

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Rai stones - On the island of Yap in Micronesia, these enormous limestone disks with holes were used for a number of things, including during ceremonies and as currency.

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Olives - In addition to wine, ancient Romans and Greeks also used olives a currency back then.

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Silk - Even to this day, silk is considered a superior natural fiber. The Chinese always knew this, and used it as currency for centuries.

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Spices - Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, or cloves were used as currency in various parts of Asia.

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Porcelain - This exquisite ceramic material was used as currency in China until the 19th century. Different types of porcelain had different value.

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