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The first currency note was developed at the start of the 7th century in China during the Tang and Song dynasties but who knew then that it would turn out to be the singular obsession for folks rich and poor in centuries to come. From a sheer piece of paper that was meant to make transactions slightly easier it has turned into a powerful force controlling not just the world but human relationships that seem to have grown more fragile than the paper our currencies are printed on.

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