Akan Gold Weight


These brass weights were used by the Akan people of modern day Ghana and the Ivory Coast for measuring gold dust between the late thirteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were cast into geometric shapes and figures of animals and people. These weights set a standard for measuring gold dust and made it easier to use gold dust as currency. The weights’ varied forms reflect Akan culture as well as cultural interaction between West African, North African, and European traders over five centuries.

Date Made: n.d.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Used: Ghana

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


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Credit Line: Marjorie A. Cope

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0723.06Catalog Number: 1987.0723.06Accession Number: 1987.0723

Object Name: Gold Weight State Swordalternative currencyOther Terms: Gold Weight State Sword; Africa; West, Ashanti

Physical Description: brass alloy (overall material)brown/black (overall color)cast (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 6.86 cm x 1.97 cm x 1.21 cm; 2 11/16 in x 25/32 in x 15/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-988e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1068476

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