Ogoja Penny, Nigeria, 20th century


Ogoja pennies, also known as Iyayaw, are Y-shaped iron bars from southern Nigeria. Their market value was between a British penny and halfpenny in the early 20th century. Ogoja pennies were also used in ceremonial payments for marriages (bridewealth).

Date Made: 20th century

Location: Currently not on view

Place Used: NigeriaAssociated Place: Nigeria

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.79.112.00327Accession Number: 1979.1263Catalog Number: 79.112.00327

Object Name: Ogoja Pennyalternative currencyOther Terms: Ogoja Penny; Africa; West, Nigeria

Physical Description: metal, iron (overall material)black/brown (overall color)wrought to shape (overall production method/technique)Measurements: average spatial: 12 in; x 30.48 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-0fd6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1069106

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