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Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0296   CAS 1984-0008-0296; Currency
Category Tools & Implements
Object Name Currency
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Solomon Islands
Other Geographic Data unknown
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 circular ring of shell that has been cut and polished to shape; Top and bottom edges are flat and exterior edge is perfectly straight; Interior edge has a slight median ridge running around its entire circumference; Color is off-white; Hereditary currency.
Dimensions (cm) Thickness = 2.0, Max Diam = 10.3