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Currency – Bronze – King Manilla – West Africa


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The most common form of metal currency in West Africa was the manilla, a rod with flared ends and bent into a “bracelet” form. Usually made from a copper alloy, forms like these were recognized and used as currency for transactions from the end of the 15th to the mid-20th century. The smaller ones were manufactured in England or France and were used for trade with Africa, including the slave trade. Larger queen and king manillas (like these) were more likely to have been forged in Africa, hammered out locally from bar money. The metal content varies from copper to brass, but many were mixed with lead and even iron. There are in addition variations in size, formĀ and quality. The Africans valued them by their ring when struck.

Object Currency
Ethnic group:
Country: West Africa
Material: Bronze
Period: First half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 17x17x4 cm
Weight: 1400 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear


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