Enormous and rare Brass arch currency used to trade for enslaved Africans with Triangle Slave Trade and African Middle Passage association

Solid brass currency ingot from Togo in West Africa usually used as payment for major transactions. It was cast in a sand mold and then expertly hammered into an arch shape with facets. The ingot measured 13” x 3.25” x 1.25" before being shaped; the arch is 5.5” long, 3.5” high, and 4.5” wide, and weighs 6.15 lbs. Very few of these have survived as most, due to their size have been melted down for the metal content. 

Large brass currency, from the Certificate of Authenticity from the Slave Relics Museum, The Center for Research and Preservation of the African American Culture, Walterboro, S.C., was “used as currency in the Togo and Congo regions of Africa. This item is similar to the Mbole arch currency found and made by the Mongo ethnic group … used to trade for enslaved Africans and often found on ancient shipwrecks that were involved in transporting items relating to the Triangle Slave Trade and used during the African Middle Passage … This large currency is a fine example of African Slave Trade currency and also has excellent patina and consistent with currency from the 1600s – 1700s.

Item: 58316

Price: $2,000.00
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