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ODD & CURIOUS MONEY

NEWMORE PISMO CLAM MONEY

Pismo Beach Clam Money
During Roosevelt’s “Bank Holiday” in March 1933, many communities faced a severe shortage of coins and currency.  One of these was Pismo Beach, California. At that time Pismo Clams were plentiful, but money was not.  Due to the shortage of small change, local merchants started to issue local scrip written on Pismo clam shells, which could be redeemed at a later date. The clam shell money proved both popular and profitable.  Pismo clam money saw limited circulation in the local area; however most were kept by tourists as souvenirs rather than redeemed. About a dozen merchants in all issued Pismo clam shell money, with denominations from 25 cents to 20 Dollars.   Original Pismo clam shell money is now a collector’s item, with pieces selling for hundreds of dollars. Recently three merchants in the Pismo Beach, California area revived the historic series with new issues of Pismo clam shell money: The Shell-ebration Beach House, which is located next to Pismo State Beach in Oceano, The Girl’s Restaurant located in Arroyo Grande and Games Exchange of Grover Beach. All three issues are denominated "Good for $5.00 in Trade". Like the original clam shell money, each was created by hand, hand signed and individually numbered, so each is slightly different. The shells are approximately 4.5 inches (11.5cm) wide.  We offer examples of this unusual Pismo clam shell money dated 2013 at its face value of $5.00.
Item PISMO-SHELL $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, SHELL-EBRATION BEACH HOUSE, OCEANO  $5.00
Item PISMO-GIRLS $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, THE GIRL'S RESTAURANT, ARROYO GRANDE  $5.00
Item PISMO-GAMES $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, GAMES EXCHANGE, GROVER BEACH  $5.00

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Click Here"PIECE-OF-EIGHT" FROM PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Click HereWASHINGTON COUNTY, OREGON DEPRESSION SCRIP


THE KATANGA CROSS

Katanga Cross

The Katanga cross is a scarce and unusual piece of primitive money. It is large cast copper cross, about 5 to 7 inches across, that was used in parts of what is now Zaire up to the early 20th century. One would buy about 22 pounds of flour or five or six chickens. Two would buy a gun.
Item BK-KATANGA KATANGA CROSS $99.50

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Click HereKATANGA COIN SHOWING THE KATANGA CROSS
Click HereCONGO REPUBLIC COIN SHOWING THE KATANGA CROSS


AGGRY BEADS

Aggry (Milliefiore) trade beadsAggry beads, also called Milliefiore beads, are beautiful multi-colored glass beads that were at one time worth up to 4 times their weight in gold in Western Africa! The beads are believed have originated in Venice in the 17th century and traded into Africa. We have a wide variety of modern tublar beads that are about 25mm long and round beads about 12mm in diameter. They are very pretty, and at one time were a very valuable trade good.
Item BK-AGGRYx5 5 DIFFERENT AGGRY BEADS $5.00
Item BK-AGGRYx25 25 MIXED AGGRY BEADS $15.00



MEDIEVAL ISLAMIC TERRA-COTTA TOKENS

Persian Gulf area terra-cotta tokens, 11th-12th century ADThese unusual terracotta tokens were produced in the Persian Gulf area around the 11th and 12th centuries A.D. At the time copper coins were not in production. The tokens were produced by merchants or money-changers to provide change for small purchases. The tokens were rarely seen, until a recent hoard was discovered. This hoard included a number of different types. They all are small (about 10-14mm), with various Islamic inscriptions on them. It is an unusual and rarely seen form of money.
Item TERRA PERSIAN GULF TERRA-COTTA TOKEN, 11th-12th CENTURY VF-XF $5.00



A GREAT BOOK ON PRIMITIVE MONEY: 

Book: An Ethnographic Study of Traditional Money by Charles J. Opitz AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF TRADITIONAL MONEY  by Charles Opitz. This is the best book available on Odd and Curious Money.  It is a comprehensive listing of odd and curious money from around the world. Includes lots of pictures, cross references to other books, an extensive bibliography plus a separate price guide. Though the title is rather daunting, the book is well written, with a brief description, information and pictures of hundreds of types of primitive money. 411 pages, hardcover, plus 32 page softcover price guide.
Item BOOK-OPITZ AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF TRADITIONAL MONEY by Charles Opitz $80.00




NEWA GOOD GUIDE TO ODD AND CURIOUS MONEY


Book: Curious Currency by Robert L Leonard Jr.CURIOUS CURRENCY, The Story of Money from the Stone Age to the Internet Age.   by Robert D. Leonard Jr.  This Official Whitman Guidebook provides an excellent overview on Odd and Curious Money. The book pictures and describes many of the unusual forms of money that have been used throughout the ages.  152 pages, hardcover.
Item BOOK-CURIOUS CURIOUS CURRENCY, by Robert D. Leonard Jr. $12.95


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Click HereZIMBABWE PETROL RATION COUPONS USED FOR MONEY



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