Money in Africa
the past and present
of a continent
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We commonly think of currency as something that came to Africa from outside - coins and banknotes brought by European colonisers. However, the continent has a long monetary history, going back thousands of years.
Africa’s monetary past and present are as diverse as they are neglected. Crossed by trade routes, expanding local states and migrant workers, and linked across oceans to the rest of the world, the regions of Africa have unique, interwoven monetary histories. This project aims to show how rich and complex the story of money in Africa really is.
Exploring the modern monetary history and cultures of English-speaking African countries.
This part of the project aims to create a richer picture of the adoption, use and adaptation of coins and banknotes in Africa to enable us to better understand how these objects can track political and cultural history as well as reflect tradition and innovation.
26 April 2013
Sophie Mew, Project Curator, Money in Africa
15 February 2013
Ellen Feingold, Project Curator: Money in Africa, British Museum
19 December 2012
Karin Pallaver, University of Bologna
22 December 2011
Maxim Bolt, researcher, British Museum