Needle money, southern Nigeria


These tiny arrow-shaped pieces of iron are from southern Nigeria. Little is known about their use in exchange, but they are thought to have had a very low market value similar to a cowrie shell.

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.77.38.033Catalog Number: 77.38.033Accession Number: 1977.1211

Object Name: Needle Moneyalternative currencyOther Terms: Needle Money; Africa; Southern Nigeria, Awaka Tribe

Physical Description: iron (overall material)black/brown (overall color)hand shaped and formed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall:;average spatial: 15 mm; x 9/16 in


Record Id: nmah_910810

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