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Nigeria and Gold Coast, Abo

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Nigeria and Gold Coast, Abo (obverse) Nigeria and Gold Coast, Abo (reverse)

These reddish brown beads are called "Abo" by the traders of Chad and Niger. They are stone beads made from aluminum ore; the reddish color comes from traces of iron. Women wore Abo beads in girdles sometimes as many as nine strings. In the 1940s one Abo string was worth about 1 shilling 6 pence sterling today, that would amount to about 3 pound sterling, or 6 dollars.

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