24th May 2024

Tea bricks are made by compressing tea leaves of the black tea, ground tea or fermented variety. Because of its high value, tea bricks were used as currency in the late 19th and the 20th century in China and Tibet. Special tea bricks were made with ground tea leaves that were bound with flour or even blood and used as money. In Siberia, tea bricks were used as money as recently as around 1945.

 

 

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