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Old 05-08-2016, 01:22 PM
Mk VII Mk VII is offline
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The goldsmiths were among the earliest bankers in Europe, although they would not have recognised the term. They even lent money to the king.
In many countries the Jews were prominent in this profession (there weren't many others they were allowed to follow)