Sombe, Ivory Coast


Sombe (or Sombie) are an iron bar currency from the Ivory Coast. Their market value was approximately a British penny in the early 20th century.

Date Made: n.d.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Used: Côte d'IvoireAssociated Place: Côte d'Ivoire

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


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Benjamin Stack, Harvey G. Stack, and Norman Stack

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.77.38.024Catalog Number: 77.38.024Accession Number: 1977.1211

Object Name: alternative currencySombeKissi Penny Sombe

Physical Description: metal, iron (overall material)wrought, hammered,shaped (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 2.2 cm x 2.12 cm; 7/8 in x 27/32 in


Record Id: nmah_910785

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