A Topoke Currency Blade
A Topoke currency blade.
An African iron currency blade or sword currency from the Nkutshu, Topoke & Songo Meno peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) which is nicely presented upon a custom metal stand.
Such blades were used by various tribal groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a form of currency. They were used to close a variety of important transactions such as land deals or the proposal of marriage. This primitive sword currency was forged from a single piece of iron.
Metal currency pre-dated minted coinage in Africa by many centuries. These African sword currencies date range from the 1700-1900’s.