Australia’s coins are most directly influenced by Britain, which first used coins under Roman rule until the power of Rome dissolved in 400 CE. Coins were later reintroduced to Britain from Europe, and became such a valuable trading item that Henry II accepted coins in lieu of a citizen’s 40 days of annual military service. This was paid using a coin known as the solidus, which is why we now have the word ‘soldier’.
The Influence of Britain
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