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Hoe currency

This hand-made forged iron hoe was unearthed in the donor’s garden. It resembles prestige or hoe currency. Such forms were used as bride wealth. The shape isn’t meant to serve...

Currency bars

Iron bars were used as currency in the Iron Age. This hoard from Coffinswell in Devon contained around 80 iron bars. The bars had been formed into bundles and tied...

Currency bar

Locally-made copper in the form of a bracelet, for use as raw material as well as a store of wealth, possibly also as currency. It is unlikely to have been...

Kissi penny

Iron bars were traded as a currency in West Africa. They were used to purchase slaves. Iron bars, like this example, are called Kissi money and appeared in Sierra Leone, Liberia...

Poata or bahika

This is a high-value money-ring of fossilised tridacna shell characteristic of Santa Isabel island. The usual name for rings like this with a yellow stain on one side is...

Copper cross

This X-shaped ingot of cast copper, usually referred to as a Katanga Cross, comes from Katanga, a rich mining region in the south-eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo...

Armlet

When the old coinage ceased to be legal currency the various nations were left with large amounts of them and converted them into adornment accessories such as these armlets. They...

Mbrammuo

This cast copper alloy weight was used on a balance to measure out a quantity of gold dust, a valuable commodity in Ghana. Gold dust was used by the Asante...

Mbrammuo

This cast copper alloy weight was used on a balance to measure out a quantity of gold dust, a valuable commodity in Ghana. Gold dust was used by the Asante...

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