Africa's Iron & Copper Currencies Exhibit
Columbia University Libraries
The Institute of African Studies in the
School of International & Public Affairs
AFRICA'S IRON AND COPPER
March 2 -- March 31, 2000
An exhibition of iron and copper currencies from West and West-Central Africa. Centuries old African currency is radicallydifferent from the minted coinage known in the Middle-East and European cultures. In regions of Central and Western Africa, iron and copper money wasmade in many forms, ranging in size from one inch to nearly six feet and in weight from less than one ounce to ten pounds. These instruments ofexchange were used to buy everyday things or major purchases. Some two hundred examples are now on view in the Rotunda, Monday through Friday from9:00 am to 5:00 pm through March 31, 2000.
Curator, Philip Gould, Professor Emeritus, Sarah Lawrence College.
The Rotunda of Low Memorial Library
116th Street and Broadway
New York, New York
Reception and symposium
March 6, 2000
6:00 pm. to 8:00 pm.
This exhibition is co-sponsored by The Chase Manhattan Bank and CITIBANK.