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dog teeth
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:32:26 PM »
Dog teeth were used as money on New Guinea and neighbouring islands. British colonial coins acknowledge this by holing the coins so they can be strung and by including a string of dog teeth in the design of New Guinea coins. The string pictured includes two cowry shells, so it's likely to have had a more decorative function, but it was made as a continuation of a tradition.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.