A moneylender's kit
National Museum of Romanian History
First half of the 19th century
Balance with weights
In the first half of the 19th century, before the first banks were founded in Wallachia and Moldavia, moneylenders were the ones who dealt with money loaning and with currency exchange, in an economy which did not have yet a national coin. In Romanian they used to be called "zarafi", a term borrowed from the Turkish language. Most of them were Greek, Armenian and Jewish. They often travelled abroad to buy money, one of their main destinations being Istanbul.
"A moneylender's kit" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;rm;21;en&id=weights_and_measures
MWNF Working Number: RO 021