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Ring money, West Africa

Ring money, West Africa

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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
Ring Money
alternative currency
place made
Africa
Physical Description
metal, steel alloy (overall material)
silver (overall color)
black (overall color)
shaped by hand (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
average spatial: 47 mm; x 1 7/8 in
ID Number
NU.79.112.OC13E
accession number
1979.1263
catalog number
79.112.OC13E
Credit Line
The Chase Manhattan Bank
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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