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Manillas, a type of currency in Africa


Manillas, found in King Street, Bristol, in 1898. Manillas were brass bracelet-shaped objects used by Europeans in trade with West Africa, from about the 16th century to the 1930s. They were made in Europe, perhaps based on and African original.Once Bristol entered the African trade, manillas were made locally for export to West Africa.

Date: 1898

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:Ea 8076-7, 12183-4, 12187-8

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