AFRICAN CURRENCIES

Currency objects from Hamill Gallery exhibited with Ellsworth Kelly prints at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.


The currencies below have been vetted as authentic.

BAFIA
Currency

 

KATANGA
Crosses

  KUBA Bar
Currency 

POTO
Currency

KWELE
Currency
Catalog

 

MFUNTE
Currency
Catalog

 

BUJI
Currency
Catalog

NIGERIA
Hoe
Currency

BANGALA
Currency
Catalog

 

IDOMA
Currency
Catalog

MAMBILA
"Bat"
Currency
 

MAMBILA
Currency
Catalog

YORUBA
Gong Set
Currency
 

MANGBETU
Knife
Currency

SENGESE
Knife
currency
 

MUMUYE
Currency
Catalog

 TUAREG
Bracelet
Currency

KISSI
Penny Display
Catalog

IGBO
Coiled
Currency

EKONDA
Anklet
Currency

 

YORUBA
Bar
Currency

AFO
Currency
Catalog

  

KIRDI
Currency
Catalog

MATAKAM
Sickle
Catalog

YORUBA
Money
Belts

 

 YORUBA
Currency
Objects

 

TOPOKE
Currency
Catalog

 

YORUBA
Money Tree
Currency


 CHAMBA
Currency
Catalog

MUMUYE
Currency
Catalog
 

 

POTO
Knife
Currency

  

BABUNDA
Raffia Textile
Currency

TOMA
Currency
Catalog

Yoruba
Gong Set
Catalog
 

 

KISSI
Currency 2
Catalog



CHAMBA
Currency
Catalog

HAUSA
Currency
Catalog

KISSI
"Penny"
Currency
 

MANILLA
Currency
Catalog
 

MANILLA
Currency
Catalog


 

NO. NIGERIAN
Currency
Catalog

NO. NIGERIAN
Dubil Currency
Catalog

NGOMBE
Sword
Catalog

NKUTSHU
Knife
Currency

The currencies below have not been vetted or have been judged as having been made to be sold.

KOTA
Currency
Catalog

KUBA
Knife
Currency

GAN
Snake
Currency
 

KUSU
"Boloko"
Currency


LOBI
Snake
Currency

LOBI
Snake
Currency 2

BENIN
Currency
Catalog

YORUBA
Gong
Currency




VARIOUS
Throwing
Knives

 

KIRDI
Currency
Catalog

Nigerian
Hoe
Currency



PURR-PURR
Currency
Catalog
 



Photographs © Tim Hamill

These catalogs represent examples of many types of 19th-20th Century metal currencies, including weapons, tools, musical instruments and jewelry used for barter and "non-functional" versions created to resemble these forms. For a broad examination of these objects, we recommend An Ethnographic Study of Traditional Money, by Charles Opitz.

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