The evening rain comes as cold mist that settles on darkening hills. Sometimes I think that if were blind that I could tell what season it is by the smell of the rain. A Spring rain smells fresh and sweet. A Summer rain smells sweet too but different. A Fall rain smells earthy with a hint of spice. The changing leaves are what gives the Fall rain that particular scent. The more they turn, the stronger the rain smells. The photo was taken several days ago when the colors just beginning to peak and now they’re well underway. Nature’s gift of gold and amber are the most prominent tones near my home. My own little golden treasure that get to enjoy for a few short weeks.
Believe it or not the was a time when a single leaf gave simple handwritten notes the same spending value as printed money. These came in the form of promisary notes. For example, a person with timber on their land might agree to supply a “x” number of firewood in exchange for a farmer’s grain. But in seasons where a large amount of either product may not be practical to transport or store notes would be made up in denominations with the exchange rate agreed upon. To prevent counterfeit notes a leaf would be used as a watermark. Each person would then take half of note with half of the leafprint. When it came time to collect what was promised the halves would be matched up and if the patterns lined up then each knew that it the original agreement. But the real utility of the system is that if the notes were given serial numbers and made in exchangeable amounts. Say, a bag of flour in exchange for a day’s worth of firewood then the timber man could deliver several days of firewood, receive a single bag of flour and a few notes. Then instead of hauling loads of firewood all over town he could barter the extra notes to other tradesmen for whatever product they had and the notes were then cashed in with the farmer. Of course a good negotiator would take payment in part product and part notes. So our timberman would have notes for more than grain. He’d be carrying notes from the farmer, the Butcher and perhaps a blacksmith along with a manageable load of firewood or other products that he’d traded for.
That’s a highly simplified example and I may have confused a few details about how it actually worked but the individual vein patterns on the leaves were what gave confidence in the system.
Today the value of the leaves are mostly aesthetic and the changing colors are my favorite part of Fall.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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2 thoughts on “A Touch Of Gold”
The golden leaves of autumn always has seemed like real gold to me. Now I know that it was a type of promissory note and it all makes sense. Enjoy the Fall bounty and beauty! ❤️
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Thank you 😊 ♥️ and stay warm!
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