Ring money, West Africa

Ring money, West Africa

Usage conditions apply
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.
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Object Name
Ring Money
alternative currency
Other Terms
Ring Money; Africa; West Senegal, Benin, S. Africa
date made
place made
Physical Description
metal, copper (overall material)
brown/gold (overall color)
gray/black (overall color)
brown (overall color)
flattened and shaped (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 37.6 mm; x 1 1/2 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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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