Lot of 4 pre-Columbian copper-arsenic "axe-money" pieces (tajaderas).

Currency:USD Category:Antiques Start Price:140.00 USD Estimated At:175.00 - 275.00 USD
Lot of 4 pre-Columbian copper-arsenic  axe-money  pieces (tajaderas).
All items are genuine unless noted. Most shipwreck coins and artifacts come with a certificate of authenticity (please check the description for each item).
Lot of 4 pre-Columbian copper-arsenic "axe-money" pieces (tajaderas). 78 grams total, from 2" to 8" long each. This small grouping of native-American trade currency made in Mexico from about 1300 AD onward consists of 3 different types: A long, thin, wavy tajadera of the Guerrero-Michoacan (Tarascan) culture in Western Mexico, uncommon in this size; a wide mushroom-shaped tajadera of the Xaaga (Oaxaca) culture of southern Mexico, scarce; and 2 very small tajaderas of the Mixtec (Oaxaca) culture of southern Mexico, very rare. All 4 are in nice, undamaged condition with a dusting of tan sediment and patina (especially on the Xaaga piece, which also shows an antique dealer's price in modern gold ink).