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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 12, March 18, 2001, Article 5

AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF TRADITIONAL MONEY 

   New subscriber Charles J. Opitz has just published a new 
   book titled "An Ethnographic Study of Traditional Money" 
   From the press release: 

   "Everywhere among the peoples of the world we see 
   examples of traditional money.  From the wampum of the 
   American Indians used in the past, to the mamulis still being 
   used by  villagers for bride price on the Island of Sumba, 
   we have always been fascinated by the relationship between 
   culture and money. 

   Traditional money has always been used for important events 
   in life such as buying land, bride price, death, the birth of a child 

   and the coming of age.  Even when coins or paper money are 
   used for everyday activities, traditional money may still be used 
   for the most important occasions. 

   Because the definition of money is subjective at best, this book 
   also includes items that do not meet all of the criteria of money 
   but are at some times considered as such.   Included are 
   explanations of the usage of the traditional money in the culture, 
   history and references. 

   This book is the result of more than 26 years of research and 
   the review of 600 books containing ethnographic information 
   on traditional money. It is a fascinating journey through the 
   history of the intermingling of culture and money. 

      * Hard-bound, 8 1/2" x 11" 
      * More than 410 pages long 
      * Contains more than 1,200 pictures, 150 of which in full color 
      * Most of the photographs in the book were taken by the 
         author of items in his personal collection of traditional money. 
      * A separate price list included which gives the current 
         estimated value for hundreds of the items listed. 

   The book price is $80.00 plus insured shipping. Order from your 
   favorite numismatic book seller or send a check or money order to: 

   Charles Opitz 
   2471 SW 37 St. 
   Ocala, FL 34474" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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