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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0018   CAS 1984-0008-0018; Currency
Category Tools & Implements
Object Name Currency
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Solomon Islands
Other Geographic Data Island: San Cristobal (Bauro)
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. late 1800s to early 1900s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Shell (Tridacna sp.)
Description Currency created from large round shell disk that has been cut and polished to shape; Disk is very slightly biconvex in cross-section; Single hole has been drilled near the center and a second one nearer to the edge; Color is off-white.
Dimensions (cm) Thickness = 0.3, Max Diam = 12.0