The Aztecs and Mayans Used Cacao Beans as Currency

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CacaoAncients believed chocolate was the food of the gods. Aztec and Mayan kings drank cups of warm chocolate on a regular basis, and the magical cacao bean, so valued in pre-Columbian America, was used as a form of currency.

Rather than walk around with coins in their pockets, or loincloths, or whatever, folks would swap cacao beans for goods and services.

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