Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The History of Counterfeiting

On my drive home yesterday I heard an interesting story on PRI's The World broadcast that could be useful for a basic economics lesson. Fake Money is a current exhibit at the National Museum of Art in Catalonia. In the mp3 recording found here, The World's Gerry Hadden reports on the history of counterfeiting. On the same page that you find the mp3 recording you will also find a video interview with a convicted counterfeiter and a slideshow about the history of counterfeiting.

Applications for Education
The Fake Money audio story and slideshow could make an interesting start to a lesson about the purpose of currency and why counterfeiting is illegal.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The History of Credit Cards in the United States
10 Resources for Teaching and Learning Economics
Infographic for Understanding Credit Scores