I found some webpages on the internet stating that on Aztecs barter-based economy, the remainder of value between two goods (if any) was settled with, among others, Quetzal feathers.

Is there any evidence/documentation to support such statements? I do not have access to published books at the moment.

The webpage is: http://www7.uc.cl/sw_educ/historia/conquista/parte1/html/h53.html (in spanish)


I find the claim dubious, or at least incomplete. Google reveals multiple citations to Aztec use of cocoa beans (I think the Bank of Belgium is among the best) as commodity currency, and none to feathers in the same role. I would have expected at least one mention of the alternative commodity currencies.

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    That makes a bit more sense. Cocoa beans would be a bit harder to come by. Using something as common as feathers in the tropics would seem to invite inflation. – T.E.D. Dec 10 '13 at 18:45

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