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Metal Monies of Africa


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An overview drawing examples from the Henry Collecting describing and explaining the myriad forms, functions and historical development of African traditional monies made of indigenous iron and copper. In this video-with-slides you will see and learn about: * How tools were used as a store of value and recent finds * Examples of how and knife money * Similarities between early Chinese and African money * Definitions of money * Blacksmiths and the power they gained * Use of money in Bride's Wealth * Why the value of iron money declined * Body ornaments including neck, leg, and bracelets as stores of wealth * Copper crosses and what gave them their value * Examples of other money including Kissi pennies and throwing knives A great video featuring African money items from a fantastic collection. Speaker(s): Francine Farr.
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