The Lydian Lion, a small gold disc from ancient western Turkey, is believed to be the oldest coin in existence, highlighting the longstanding use of physical money 

Australia is experiencing a decline in cash usage, with only 1 in 20 point-of-sale transactions involving cash 

The shift towards a cashless society raises concerns about excluding vulnerable groups, such as regional and rural communities, elderly individuals, new migrants, and those uncomfortable with digital payment systems 

Sweden's experience with cashlessness has shown the need for inclusion and consideration of people's concerns, as not everyone is ready for a completely cashless system 

Cash serves as a store of wealth, and while its circulation as a payment mechanism decreases, its role as a form of saving remains popular 

Some argue that cash should be considered a public good, similar to utilities like water and electricity, to ensure inclusivity and accessibility 

Cashless transactions offer convenience and traceability but raise concerns about privacy and surveillance 

Germany has maintained a preference for cash payments, partly due to historical experiences with state surveillance 

Studies suggest that people find it easier to spend abstract money, such as credit cards, compared to physical cash, potentially impacting spending behavior 

The transition to a cashless society raises questions about teaching younger generations about money and its value in an increasingly immaterial world