Copper Aztec Hoe Money. Pre-columbian Mexico.

Ancient Coins - Copper Aztec Hoe Money.  Pre-columbian Mexico.
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A variety of hoe or axe shaped objects were used as money by the Pre-columbian Indians of Mexico and Peru, possibly as early as the the 12th or 13th century AD.  At least one type was still being used in the mid-16th century when, in 1548, a Spanish Conquestador wrote about them, describing their use as money, and gave an exchange rate against the Spanish real.  That document exists in an archive in Toledo (Spain) but unfortunatly does not provide enough detail to identify the exact type he saw in use.

This particular type is generally found inthe Oaxaca province of Mexico and probably dates to the 14th to 15th century.

Size : 118.6 mm long x 148.3 mm wide x 1.1 mm thick (on the main body).

Material : copper toned dark brown with green highlights.

Condition : Intact with a good smooth patination.  The only flaw is that at some point someone wrote ' #1 ' on it with black India Ink (possibly removable, but we prefer to leave it).

Reference : Odd & Curious Money, 2nd edition, by Charles J. Opitz, page # center (he does not have a numbering system).

In recent years Aztec Hoe money has become much more difficult to find.

Price SKU: vcoin868
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