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History of banking Among many other things, the Code of Hammurabi from BC recorded interest-bearing loans. Banking began with the first prototype banks of merchants of the ancient world, which made grain loans to farmers and traders who carried goods between cities and this system is known as a barter system.
This began around BC in Assyria and Babylonia.
Later, in ancient Greece and during the Roman Empirelenders based in temples made loans and added two important innovations: Archaeology from this period in ancient China and India also shows evidence of money lending activity. The origins of modern banking can be traced to medieval and early Renaissance Italyto the rich cities in the centre and north like FlorenceLuccaSienaVenice and Genoa.
The Bardi and Peruzzi families dominated banking in 14th-century Florence, establishing branches in many other parts of Europe. Georgewas founded in at GenoaItaly. Merchants started to store their gold with the goldsmiths of Londonwho possessed private vaults, and charged a fee for that service.
In exchange for each deposit of precious metal, the goldsmiths issued receipts certifying the quantity and purity of the metal they held as a bailee ; these receipts could not be assigned, only the original depositor could collect the stored goods.
Gradually the goldsmiths began to lend the money out on behalf of the depositorwhich led to the development of modern banking practices; promissory notes which evolved into banknotes were issued for money deposited as a loan to the goldsmith. Since the promissory notes were payable on demand, and the advances loans to the goldsmith's customers were repayable over a longer time period, this was an early form of fractional reserve banking.
The promissory notes developed into an assignable instrument which could circulate as a safe and convenient form of money backed by the goldsmith's promise to pay,  allowing goldsmiths to advance loans with little risk of default.
The Bank of England was the first to begin the permanent issue of banknotesin The Rothschilds pioneered international finance on a large scale, financing the purchase of the Suez canal for the British government. A BC one-third stater electrum coin from Lydiawhere gold and silver coins were used for the first time Etymology[ edit ] The word bank was borrowed in Middle English from Middle French banque, from Old Italian banco, meaning "table", from Old High German banc, bank "bench, counter".
Benches were used as makeshift desks or exchange counters during the Renaissance by Jewish  Florentine bankers, who used to make their transactions atop desks covered by green tablecloths. See the relevant country pages under for more information. In most common law jurisdictions there is a Bills of Exchange Act that codifies the law in relation to negotiable instrumentsincluding chequesand this Act contains a statutory definition of the term banker: Although this definition seems circular, it is actually functional, because it ensures that the legal basis for bank transactions such as cheques does not depend on how the bank is structured or regulated.
The business of banking is in many English common law countries not defined by statute but by common law, the definition above. In other English common law jurisdictions there are statutory definitions of the business of banking or banking business.
When looking at these definitions it is important to keep in mind that they are defining the business of banking for the purposes of the legislation, and not necessarily in general.Mars Bank is committed to remaining a relationship driven, independent community bank, which offers competitive products and services, made up of dedicated professionals who are passionate about serving our customers in a personal, efficient and friendly manner.
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The history of Bank of America dates back to October 17, , when Amadeo Pietro Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco. The Bank of Italy served the needs of many immigrants settling in the United States at that time, providing services denied to them by the existing American banks which typically discriminated against them and .
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The idea of banks began as long ago as 1, BC in Babylon. In those days moneylenders made loans to people. In Greece and Rome banks made loans and accepted deposits. So in the Bank of England was founded to provide a loan to the government.