National Geographic : 1927 Dec
Photograph by Merl La Voy AN ALBANIAN MAID WEARING A NECKLACE OF GOLD COINS Wampum served as adornment, but particularly as. money. Precious metals, because they were more scarce, succeeded teeth, shells, bits of bone, beans and feathers. Photograph from Farran Zerbe THIS COPPERCROSS WILL BUY AWIFE In the Baluba country ofcentral Africa this oddly shaped copper coin is in use. It is about 9 inches across and weighs 28ounces. Inour money it is worth less than30cents, but onthe Congo itbuys awife.