For generations the people of the Balkan Peninsula and throughout the world did business by bartering goods. Items were traded directly for items of an equal value. Then, around 600 B.C., this all changed with the development of coin money.
At first, coins were produced by merchants as a type of credit system. Over time, the local city-states took over the responsibility of manufacturing coin money. This new tool allowed their economy to explode. Goods from all over the world were shipped into the area, while other items were shipped out.
One ship drives east and another drives west with the selfsame winds that blow. Tis the set of the sails and not the gales that tell us the way to go.
Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate. As we voyage along through life, Tis the set of the soul that decides its goal, and not the calm or the strife.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
On Dec. 10th 1901 the 1st Nobel prizes were awarded.