It was cultivated by the 1500's.
The money plant is biannual, it flowers the second year then it dies a sad death.
The translucent seed pods are great for dried flower arrangements. To prepare them for such an arrangement hang them upside down in a dark, dry area with sufficient air flow. In 90 days it will be dried enough for use in dried flower arrangement.
The money plant has many common names. Among them are silver dollar plant, moonwort, Lunaria. The latter two have to do with the moon for the dried seed pods may have looked like the full moon to someone. Wort is an Middle English word for a plant.
Children seem to love the money plant.