Cowrie Shell, Asia, n.d.

Description (Brief)
One (1) small cowry shell with two holes in top
Asia, n.d.
General Information: Shell money of the cowrie comes from Asia. Shells were used as a form of currency either as a single shell or strung together. There are two holes on the top portion. Smooth shell with gray center.
date made
n.d.
place made
Asia
Physical Description
shell, cowry (overall material)
white (overall color)
gray (overall color)
natural (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 1.45 cm x 1.1 cm x .65 cm; 9/16 in x 7/16 in x 1/4 in
ID Number
1986.0087.22
catalog number
1986.0087.22
accession number
1986.0087
Credit Line
Raymond & Meryem Hebert
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Exhibition
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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