BY Farida Dawkins, 5:41am August 02, 2018,

Before money, these 8 items were used as currencies in pre-colonial Africa

Blade currency (left), Katanga cross (right)

Before the formation of currency in the form of coins and bills, there was an alternative medium of exchange used to purchase goods and services in pre-colonial Africa.

Africans being ever so resourceful and crafty, used tools at their disposal to trade and barter needed items.

Scroll through to learn about the eight types of currency used in pre-colonial Africa:

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: August 2, 2018


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