Rare Sumerian Shell Money from 3,500-2,000 BC

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Seller: enoch330 (53) 100%, Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 254351562314 Sumerian Shell Money – 3,500-2,000 B.C. / Size: 1/2-1″ This “shell money” is the earliest known coin currency and is dated from around 3,500-2,000 B.C. Perhaps as a means to facilitate small transactions, the Ancient Sumerians first used money. About 3500 B.C. they began cutting sections from cone shaped shells, and, after the sections were polished, people carried them around their necks as necklaces, using the shells to pay for small items. It was such a useful invention that Sumerian Shell Money, archaeological evidence suggests, circulated throughout the fertile crescent of the Middle East about 5000 years ago—when Sumerian culture was at it’s zenith. As a Sumerian currency, it was also most likely used in Ur, the place from which Abraham in the Bible came and is a currency from this same time period. ABOUT THIS PIECE: We normally purchase shell money directly from archaeological companies but shell money has become increasingly difficult to acquire over the past several years. We found this particular piece in an estate sale of a private collector. It comes with a card stating this history. Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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