Numismatist and curator of the historical coin collection of the Swiss National Museum.
Before 1850, people in Switzerland used to pay with fat men, horses or cornutos. The Swiss franc has only been the single national currency since 1850. A peek into the wallets of days gone by.
First part of the series on counterfeit money: Counterfeiters have been around for as long as money itself. Even back in the 7th century BC people tried to reproduce official coins. But criminal intentions are not always behind this.