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Ankle money, Cameroon

Ankle money, Cameroon

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Ankle Money
alternative currency
date made
n.d.
place used
Cameroon
associated place
Cameroon
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
cast and incised (overall production method/technique)
brown/gold (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 9.15 cm x 12.5 cm; 3 19/32 in x 4 29/32 in
ID Number
NU.77.38.012
catalog number
77.38.012
accession number
1977.1211
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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