Pre-Columbian Tajadero - Axe Money - Hoe Money

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Seller: edenzoasis (91) 100%, Location: La Plata, Maryland, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 254327063290 PRE-COLUMBIAN MEXICO AXE HOE MONEY COPPER TAJADERAS (COPPER HATCHET) Rare Specimens largest approximately 6" Copper Pre Columbian Tajadero Axe Money or Hoe Money Information describing similar items TAJADERAS GREEN OXIDATION COPPER HOE MONEY OR AXE MONEY IS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN THE MOST PREVALENT FORM OF METAL CURRENCY, USED BY NATIVE PEOPLE OF MEXICO. THE VALUE OF EACH TAJADERA WAS 8000 CACAO BEANS. USED AS CURRENCY ELEVEN YEARS AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SPANISH MINT AT MEXICO CITY TO FACILITATE TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN THE RICH SPANIARDS AND NATIVES,SO 4 PIECAS WAS EQUAL TO 5 REALES. USED TOO AS PRIMARY TOOLS FOR SCRAPING OR SHAPING POTTERY. ASSORTED Region/ country:Middle America and CaribbeanMaterial:Copper/BronzeCondition:Good Condition, See PhotoCentury/ Timeframe:1200-1520Culture:Pre-ColumbianObject:Premonetal MIXTECAThe Mixtec were a pre-Hispanic ethnic group whose appearance dates back to the year 900 BC in the area of Guerrero and Michoacán (Mexico). They were great artisans and builders, building important cities and temples, as well as a beautiful pottery and gold work. Important places were Tilantongo (Nuu Tnoo Huahui Andehui), kingdom of the leader Ocho Venado Garra, as well as Yanhuitlán, Apoala, Coixtlahuaca, Tlaxiaco and Tututepec. The existing social classes were the rulers, the Macehuales (co-proprietors with its own land), the peasants without land and the slaves. They beat and assimilated the Zapotecs, and at the beginning of the 15th century were dominated by the Aztecs. These copper/bronze pre-coin objects were object of exchange between pre-Columbian peoples. Hernan Cortes described that 1 chopping board was changed for 8,000 cocoa seeds. Dated between the years 1200-1520. Provenance: Ownership History Not Available, Material: Copper

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