Tajere, Nigeria

Tajere, Nigeria

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Tajere are forged iron ingots or rods that were used in exchange in modern day Nigeria by the Fulani people between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. They were used in low value transactions and were often melted down and transformed into weapons, tools, or ornaments.
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Object Name
Iron Bar Cent
alternative currency
Other Terms
Iron Bar Cent; Africa; Nigeria, Northern
date made
place used
associated place
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
black/brown (overall color)
formed by hand (overall production method/technique)
black/brown (overall color)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 14 in; 3.175 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Benjamin Stack, Harvey G. Stack, and Norman Stack
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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