Money, whether paper notes or coins, can function in society in several ways: as a material object, as a form of legal tender, and as a symbol of official political ideals. Money is especially helpful to historians because it usually contains a date, and thus allows historians to see changes in society over time. In this exercise, you will examine the political symbolism on two bills from the People’s Republic of China. We’ve erased the dates so that you can study the bills and puzzle their dates out yourself.


Look at the bills