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Ring money, Nigeria

Ring money, Nigeria

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Description
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
Object Name
alternative currency
date made
n.d.
place used
Nigeria
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
brown/gold (overall color)
cast, shaped, incised (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 13 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm; 5 1/8 in x 4 11/32 in x 1 31/32 in
ID Number
1990.0258.01
catalog number
1990.0258.01
accession number
1990.0258
Credit Line
E. Clain-Stefanelli
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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