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ODD & CURIOUS MONEY




NEWSIAMESE PORCELAIN MONEY

Siam porcelain money (Pe), 19th CenturyThere was often a shortage of small change in Siam. Porcelain gaming tokens, also known as Pe, issued by Chinese owned gambling houses were widely used as money in Siam during the 18th and 19th century. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. After a period of time the gambling houses would recall the tokens and they would be declared valueless.
Item TH-PORC SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $7.00
Item TH-PORCx3 3 DIFFERENT SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $20.00




NEWSWEDISH PLATE MONEY FROM THE WRECK OF THE NICOBAR

Swedish Plate Money: 4 Daler of Frederick (1720-1751)Swedish Plate Money: 4 Daler of Adolph Frederick (1751-1771)
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Sweden, having an abundance of copper and a shortage of other precious metals, issued huge copper coins called Platmynt or Plate Money in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The coins contained their full face value of copper; however copper having of relatively low value in relation to silver, resulted in very large coins weighing as much as 44 pounds (20kg.) for a 10 Daler coin.  That size proved too large and heavy.  From 1750 to 1771 Swedish plate money was produced in denominations from 1/2 to 4 Daler. The large coins would have five stamps, a center stamp in the middle with the denomination and a stamp in each of the four corners with the monogram of monarch and the date.  In 1777 the large coins ceased to be legal tender.  Most were eventually exported and melted for their copper.  On July 23 1782 the Danish East India Company ship the Nicobar departed from Cronborg, Sweden.  It carried with it a load of copper plate money which served as ballast.  It was bound for the Danish trading posts on the coast of India.  On May 20, 1783 it stopped at False Bay South Africa to replenish food, supplies and crew, many of whom were too ill to continue.  The Nicobar left False Bay on July 10th, 1783.  That night it met with a severe storm and ran aground.  In 1987 two divers discovered the wreck.  Approximately 3000 pieces of Swedish plate money were recovered, along with other artifacts.  As might be expected many of these shows signs of significant corrosion after being in the ocean for over 200 years.  For a few years after the discovery Swedish plate money from the Nicobar was available.  The hoard has long been disbursed and is now difficult to find.  We recently obtained two 4 Daler Swedish plate money coins recovered from the Nicobar.  The 4 Daler is the largest size that is generally available and affordable (only about ten of the 10 Daler coins are known – and most are in museums).  Both of these coins show signs of significant corrosion, however they still make an impressive addition to any collection.
One piece is a 4 Daler coin of King Frederick, who reigned from 1720 to 1751.  3 of the 4 corner stamps are still partially visible, one clearly showing the crowned FRS monogram of King Frederick and the last digit of the date (6).  The center stamp is partially visible.  The coin weighs 4 pounds, 4 ounces (1.9 kg.) and is approximately 8.5 inches by 10 inches (21.5cm x 25cm).
The other piece is a 4 Daler coin of King Adolph Frederick who reigned from 1751 to 1771.  It has a reasonably clear center stamp "4 DALER SIMF MYNT" (4 Daler silver money) and one visible corner stamp with the AFRS monogram of the King.  It weighs 3 Pounds 6 ounces (1.5kg.) and is approximately 9 inches x 8 inches (23cm. x 20cm.)
Item PLATE-FRS SWEDISH COPPER PLATE MONEY, 4 DALER, FREDERICK 1720-1751, CORRODED $495.00
Item PLATE-AF SWEDISH COPPER PLATE MONEY, 4 DALER, ADOLPH FREDERICK 1751-1771, CORRODED $475.00



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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THE KATANGA CROSS

Katanga Cross

The Katanga cross is a large, scarce and unusual piece of primitive money. It is cast copper cross, about 7 to 9 inches (17 to 23cm) across, that was used in parts of what is now Zaire up to the early 20th century. One would buy about 22 pounds (10 kg.) of flour or five or six chickens. Two would buy a gun.
Item BK-KATANGA KATANGA CROSS $99.50

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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


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