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Currency

The unusual forms and sizes of ethnographic currencies are both fascinating and surprising. They range in size from the smallest personal adornments such as beads, shells, and jewelry to massive iron forms weighing as much as 100 pounds. These "primitive" monies were both aesthetic and functional, and were used to buy everyday items as food, cloth, and tools as well as major life transactions: the purchase of land, livestock, and brides. These objects served as a means of exchange as well as symbols of wealth and power. Check out our African weapons for additional currency pieces.

To view a short snippet from the documentary featuring the currency exhibit at Africa & Beyond, hosted by the president of South Africa's daughter Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube, CLICK HERE:





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Kissi Currency Bundle - Poro Societies - West Africa, particularly Liberia
$395.00
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Copper Currency - Ngombe and Budja Peoples - D.R.Congo
$450.00
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Kissi Currency Bundle - Poro Societies - West Africa, primarily Liberia
$250.00
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Mbole Anklet, D.R. Congo #112
$495.00
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Mbole Anklet, D.R. Congo #109
$495.00
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Mbole Anklet, D.R. Congo #0106
$495.00
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Gong (#1) - Tetela & Onga Peoples - D.R. Congo
$495.00 $395.00 On Sale!
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African currency Tetela Gong 62 tn.jpg
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Gong (#3) - Tetela & Onga Peoples - D.R. Congo
$495.00 $395.00 On Sale!
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Gong (#2) - Tetela & Onga Peoples - D.R. Congo
$495.00 $395.00 On Sale!
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Hoe Currency - Igbo people - Nigeria (#0232)-
$295.00
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Iron Hoe Currency (#1)- Angas & Afo People - Nigeria
$1,600.00
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Hoe Currency - Igbo people - Nigeria (#0229)
$295.00
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Katanga Cross, #0237
$295.00
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Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo
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Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo - #PC27
$195.00
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Katanga Currency Cross, #0235
$595.00
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Currency-0224.th
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Fang Currency, Gabon #0224
$395.00
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Iron Gong Currency - Nupe People - Nigeria
$2,000.00
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Currency-0225-fv.th
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Currency with Figure, #0225
$425.00
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Ritual Staff (#2) -Oko- Yoruba People - Nigeria
$1,950.00 $1,475.00 On Sale!
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Nommo Staff - Dogon People - Mali
$1,200.00
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Ritual Staff - Oko(#1) - Yoruba People - Nigeria
$1,950.00 $1,475.00 On Sale!
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Konda Fantasy Currency Blade, D.R. Congo #0228
$595.00
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Fantasy Currency Blade, #0227
$595.00
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Konda 'Fantasy' Blade, D.R. Congo (#PC28)
$595.00
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African currency Kuba ceremonial knife 57 tn.jpg
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Ceremonial Ikula Knife (#2) - Kuba People - D.R. Congo
$750.00 $595.00 On Sale!
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Rhumsiki Currency, Cameroon #0233
$395.00
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African currency Kuba Metal Knife 59tn.jpg
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Ceremonial Ikula Knife (#4) - Kuba People - D.R. Congo
$750.00 $595.00 On Sale!
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Bronze Currency Cuff
$150.00
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Tuareg Currency Bracelet known as Elkiss- South Sahara ( 8550) -
$295.00
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Bar Money (#28)- Mbole, Konda, & Kundu - D.R. Congo
$450.00
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'Fofana' Shell Chest Ornament, Papua New Guinea
$795.00
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Bailer Shell Currency, Papua New Guinea, "B" - Sold
$0.00
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Neck Rings (Dzilla) - Ndebele People - South Africa
$55.00
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Bracelet (#7)- West Africa
$150.00
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Bronze Anklet - Ivory Coast
$275.00
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Bracelet (#8)- West Africa
$150.00
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Bracelet (#11)- West Africa
$195.00
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Bracelet (#12)- West Africa
$195.00
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Bracelet (#13)- West Africa
$195.00
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Bracelet (#15)- West Africa
$250.00
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Bracelet (#10)- West Africa
$95.00
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Bracelet (#14)- West Africa
$195.00
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Bracelet (#4)- West Africa
$95.00
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Bracelet (#17) -West Africa
$125.00
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Bracelet (#16) -West Africa
$125.00
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Bracelet (#18) -West Africa
$195.00
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Manilla currency, Nigeria
$795.00
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Bracelet (#19) -West Africa
$195.00
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Liganda Blade Currency - Various Peoples - D.R. Congo (LS143)
$995.00 $495.00 On Sale!
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Liganda Blade Currency - Various Peoples - D.R. Congo (LS144)
$995.00 $495.00 On Sale!
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Liganda Blade Currency - Various Peoples - D.R. Congo (LS145)
$995.00 $495.00 On Sale!
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Goldweight (X) - Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$100.00
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Goldweight (B)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$75.00
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Goldweight (C)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$75.00
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Goldweight (D)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$75.00
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Goldweight (E)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$75.00
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Goldweight (G)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$75.00
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Goldweight (H)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$75.00
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Goldweight (I)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$75.00
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Goldweight (J)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$95.00
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Goldweight (K)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$95.00
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Goldweight (L)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$95.00
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Goldweight (M)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$85.00
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Goldweight (O)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$80.00
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Goldweight (P)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$68.00
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Goldweight (Q)- Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$68.00
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Goldweight (S) - Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$95.00
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Goldweight (T) - Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$95.00
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African currency Akan Goldweight U tn.jpg
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Goldweight (U) - Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$145.00
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Goldweight (V) - Akan Speaking Peoples - Ghana
$110.00
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