Ankle money, Cameroon

Ankle money, Cameroon

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The phrase ankle 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 ankle 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
Ankle Money
alternative currency
Other Terms
Ankle Money; Africa; Fr. Cameroun, Bulu Tr. Foulas Dis
date made
place used
associated place
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
cast and incised (overall production method/technique)
brown/gold (overall color)
overall: 9.15 cm x 12.5 cm; 3 19/32 in x 4 29/32 in
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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