Primitive Money

By: Marian Angell Godfrey

Originally Published in 1945

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A long string of teeth, dangling
A string of teeth used as money from the Northern Solomon Islands.
Museum Object Number: P3374
Image Number: 21330

THIS number of the Bulletin has been planned not only to accompany but also to outlast a special exhibition, The Root of All Evil, which is being presented by the University Museum in December, 1945.

The Exhibit has not been designed to point a moral lesson as its title might suggest, but rather to emphasize the oneness of the problems of all peoples.

The material in the main has been drawn from the Museum’s collections and is not a complete story of the development of money, but a display of interesting and rare examples of coins and other objects which have been used as legal tender and symbols of wealth throughout the ages.

The Bulletin, however, deals only with primitive forms of currency and is intended as a commentary on the less familiar objects and as a brief handbook on the development of monetary concepts and types.

M. A. G.

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Godfrey, Marian Angell. "Foreword." Museum Bulletin XI, no. 3 (December, 1945): 3-3. Accessed July 15, 2024.

This digitized article is presented here as a historical reference and may not reflect the current views of the Penn Museum.

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