At that time the people of Sukhothai used cowrie shells as money. Although one cowrie shell had little value, Makato wanted to make as much use of it as possible, for it was the king’s gift. For a long time he could not think of a way to use it so that it would earn more money for him.One day he passed by a stall in the market where the seeds of many different plants were sold. He looked along the stall and caught sight of a basket full of lettuce seed.
“Can I buy some lettuce seed?”
“Oh yes, my boy. How much do you want?”
“I have one cowrie shell,”
“One cowrie shell!”“That won’t buy anything. I can’t even measure that much.”