Africa: Various time periods
Cowry
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The presumably oldest means of payment of the world, the cowry, how it was used as value and means of payment in many parts of the earth over millenniums.

Cowry, "cypraea moneta" and "cypraea annulus", unopened, historic, 19.-20. century A.D.

€ 1.- each
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Opened cowry for suspension use, historic, 19.-20. century A.D.
€ 1,25 each
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Prehistoric Cowry, approx. 3000 years old, found in China.

€ 15.- each
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No.1: Prehistoric Cowry, "cypraea moneta".
No.2: Opened Cowry for suspension use, historic.
No.3: Cowry, "cypraea moneta", unopened, historic.
No.4: Cowry, "cypraea annulus", unopened, historic.
For Information only
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Prehistoric Cowry made of Jade (Nephrite), Chou Dynasty, 1050-221 B.C. Found in China.

Remark:

Where genuine Cowry not or hardly were available, they were taken to cycle as means of payment with the following replacement materials:

Stone of every sort, as soapstone and quartz up to jade, bone, tone and bronze (fire golded).

€ 150.- each
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Prehistoric Cowry made of Jade (Nephrite), neolithic, approx. 2.500 B.C. Found in China.

€ 180.- each
Prehistoric Cowry made of Bone, neolithic, approx. 2.500 B.C. found in China.

Measurements (LxBxT):

24,5x17x5 mm

Weight:

2,5 g

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