Money Cowrie Shell Pack | Cypraea Moneta
Money Cowrie Shell Pack | Cypraea Moneta
Money Cowrie Shell Pack | Cypraea Moneta
Money Cowrie Shell Pack | Cypraea Moneta
Money Cowrie Shell Pack | Cypraea Moneta

Money Cowrie Shell - Pack

£1.95
Stock Status: In Stock
Information
The Money Cowrie (cypraea moneta) has been used as currency since ancient times.
 
The cowry was accepted as a medium of exchange in large parts of Asia, Africa and the islands of the tropical Pacific until the late 19th century.
 
Chinese bronze objects dating back to the 13th century B.C show references over three thousand years old to the use of money cowries in China.
 
The shells were gathered in island groups such as the Maldives and the Seychelles and used to trade for goods.
 
Shells embody all of the characteristics of money, being durable, small, easy to transport and hard to forge.
 
Counting out shells was not always necessary as the shells were generally the same size and weight and could also be strung together to form larger denominations.
 
The shells have a smooth porcelain like finish. The body of the shell has a creamy coloured base overlaid with greenish grey and yellowish markings, whilst the opening is white.
 
Each pack contains 30 shells  (about three chickens worth, long ago).
 
Size: approx  2.5 – 3.5cm long
 
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