NIGERIAN iron ingot money


NIGERIA, near Madagali, Adamawa State, eastern Nigeria near the Cameroun border, Fulani, ingot, no date (16th-19th centuries), a narrow, flat bar with flared ends tapered toward the edge, iron, 325x34x5mm, 302.5g, called “dubil” or “li,: not in Quiggin,

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In West Africa and Congo large caches of similarly shaped and sized iron objects are occasionally found. Someone would try to barter with standard items. If they proved popular more people would make them. Perhaps they would become “favored trade items.”


Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.