Ring money, West Africa


The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: South AfricaWestern AfricanSenegalBenin

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, West African Currency


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Credit Line: The Chase Manhattan Bank

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.79.112.OC13AAccession Number: 1979.1263Catalog Number: 79.112.OC13A

Object Name: Ring Moneyalternative currencyOther Terms: Ring Money; Africa; West Senegal, Benin, S. Africa

Physical Description: metal, brass (overall material)patination (overall material)gold/brown (overall color)green (overall color)black (overall color)shaped by hand (overall production method/technique)metal, bronze (overall material)metal, copper (overall material)metal, silver (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 69.4 mm; x 2 3/4 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-b065-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1067204

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