Ghana 1-CEDI (KM19) Cowry
Cowry (or Cowrie) are a number of different species of marine snail found in tropical waters. Their shells were used as money in Africa. Images of them are found in cave paintings, and millions have been found in the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs.
The Ghanan denomination "cedi" is native Fanti for "shell" in recognition of the original form of currency.
This large brass coin was minted in 1979 only, and is apparently an FAO coin. This particular example obviously passed through many pockets.
- Diameter: 30 mm
- Composition: Brass
- CAT#: KM19