Money Moves August 02, 2018 at 05:41 am

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

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins August 02, 2018 at 05:41 am

August 02, 2018 at 05:41 am | Money Moves

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:


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