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Primitive Money

"Slave Trade" Bracelets


Primitive moneys are items used in the same way that we use coins and tokens, but which do not have the mark of an issuing authority. They may or may not have an intrinsic value, but the culture that uses them accepts them even though the issuing authority, or backer, may not be known. Most primitive moneys are culture-specific and did not circulate over wide areas. Generally they developed as precursor to the development of a true coinage.

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