African Mounted Currency Forms

19th Century

Complimentary Shipping Within United States


685 USD

International Shipping Available

Customs duties and taxes may apply.

Ships from: Illinois, United States

Up arrow

A group of iron currency forms from the Kissi people of Western Africa.

  • Sold as a set of 5.
  • From the 12th century onward, while iron was used in sub-Saharan Africa for the manufacture of practical objects, tribal blacksmiths also created a number of creative deviations from these utilitarian objects. These items served both as currency and as symbols of social position and wealth. During the colonial period in Africa, these metal objects gradually disappeared from use, replaced by paper currencies.
  • With a Giacometti aesthetic, these forms could be easily mistaken for modern sculptures.
  • Displayed on a custom stand.
Condition Report
Star iconGood
Very Good
Like New

In fair to good condition with overall oxidation, bends, cracks, and small losses typical to age and type.

Height: 11.5 inches / 29.21 cm
Width: 7 inches / 17.78 cm
Depth: 1.5 inches / 3.81 cm
Iron, Powdercoated Metal
Decorative Style
Modern Style, Eclectic


Conditions of Business

Read more here.