10 Strange Ways People Used to Get Paid

Salt In ancient Rome, soldiers and workers were sometimes paid in salt, a valuable commodity at the time.


During the Viking Age, it was common for people to be paid with knives, symbols of wealth and status.

 Cowrie Shells

Cowrie shells were used as currency in various parts of the world, including Africa, China, and India.


Native American tribes such as the Iroquois and Algonquin used wampum, polished shells or beads, as a form of currency


In colonial America, tobacco was a widely accepted currency. People were often paid with bundles of dried tobacco leaves.


In certain regions, particularly in parts of Africa and South America, feathers were used as a form of currency and were given as payment for labor.

In medieval Europe, specifically in England, cow tails were sometimes used as a form of payment.   

Cow Tails