West African shell money(C)

COWRIE-SHELLS
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West African shell money(C)

Availability: In stock

  • Order Code: COWRIE-SHELLS
  • Weight/Dimensions: 3.4 g
$0.55
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Shell money was legal tender in West Africa until the middle of the 19th century, with the most common shell being the Cypraea moneta, or money cowry. Vast quantities of cowry shells were sent to English ports to use as payment in the slave trade. The val