Manilla - a bracelet type of currency

Contributed by curiousman

Manilla - a bracelet type of currency

The manilla was used as a form of currency or for bartering in West Africa. Sometimes they were worn as ornaments. My father brought this back from Nigeria in the 1960s. Apparently they were also used as slave trade money. This is probably an Okpoho manilla and is possibly made of bronze or brass. Probably made (in their thousands) in Birmingham!

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