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

Size : 165 mm long x 142 mm wide x 1.0 mm thick (on the main body) and about 3.5 mm thick on the raised rims that are on the underside of the blade, and along the edges of the handle part.

Weight : 54.44 grams.

Material : copper toned dark green, with lighter green, and tan earthy deposits.

Condition : Intact but the a small part of the top of the top on one side has been bent under and is not fairly flat against the main body.  On the image it looks like that tip is missing, but the metal is still there and could be straightened with care.  The patina is a mottled thin green-brown with much of the body coated in a hard light tan dirt.

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

In recent years these larger Aztec Hoe money has become difficult to find, but we recently purchases a old collection of them with several types, which we will be adding in the near future.

Please note that come countries have import restrictions on these items, and it is up to you to be sure you can get it into your country.  I will not be responsible if you order it, and it is confiscated by your customs services.

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