manilla (Money)

About this object

History of use

Manillas were used as a form of currency (usually made of bronze or copper) in West Africa. They were produced in large numbers, and in a variety of styles and weights. Originating before the colonial period, they were used during the Altantic slave trade, and continued to serve as money and decorative objects until the late 1940s.

Physical description

C-shaped, round, metal band, with flattened, circular ends.