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Manillas, a type of currency in Africa


Two manillas, from Nigeria. 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 an African original.Once Bristol entered the African trade, manillas were made locally for export to West Africa.

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Copyright: Copyright British Empire Commonwealth Mu

Object ID:T/NIGE?192

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