Africa, the arrival of Europeans and the transatlantic slave trade

Arm ring trade token

Made in Ghana, date unknown

Object number 0.7566
Collected and given by Mr L Nathan, 1949

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Arm ring trade token

This ivory bracelet or arm ring from Ghana is thought to be a trade token. It has the name 'JACK' scratched on the outside. The true importance of these tokens is yet to be revealed, but the theory is they were used as receipts by slave traders.

This information was provided by curators from The Manchester Museum.