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I understand your point, but

I understand your point, but mine is clearly that money best derives from something that already has it's only value. Which is why gold and silver worked so well. There was no need for the "trust" that the dollar needs. All that was needed was for the people to know that gold and silver actually had value outside of being money. Which made them mediums of exchange. It was not influence of a trade, it was merely understood that these monies had a value that could be exchanged for other items. They did not influence the trade, just mediated it.

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