African Manila

Ancient Coins - African Manila
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Region : Ngelima tribe of Equatorial Zaire.

Type : coiled heavy wire (4 full coils).

Size : 80.5 mm in diameter by 24.5 mm wide (it varies slightly depending on where you measure it).

Material : bronze.

Condition : Good with a brown patination, with mnor areas of encrustation.

Reference : Very simlar to one illustrated by Ballarini, plate 76 (page 118) except that his specimen has more coils.

Bronze bracelets, in a wide variety of types, were used throughout western Africa as a form of money for several hundred years.  Commonly called 'slave trade bracelets' because a few types were made in England and France for use in the slave trade, most types were just local money with no direct links to the slave trade.

Price SKU: vcoin869
US$ 29.50
  • € 24.07
  • £ 21.27
  • AUD 36.83
  • CHF 28.30
  • CAD 36.70

Rates for: 01/19/18

Ships from: Canada
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