Kemet of course has no coinage, but we do have a highly developed barter system. Every item has an agreed upon equivalent which is measured in deben of copper.
If a coffin is worth 25 1/2 deben, then the item can be paid for by a combination of items that add up to 25 deben.
Coffin - worth 25 1/2 deben, can be paid for by:
Hog - worth 5 deben
Pair of goats - worth 5 deben
Two sycamore logs - together worth 2 deben
and 13 1/2 deben of actual copper.
An ox worth 50 deben can be paid for by:
Two tunics worth 10 deben
An amount of vegetable oil worth 5 deben
A very large jar of fat worth 30 deben
An amount of copper worth 5 deben.
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Ramses II: Magnificence on the Nile, Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1993
Last Updated November 30, 2009