Pre-Columbian, Mexico City region, Aztec, ca. 1500 CE. A group of five flat, flaring "hoe" shaped pieces of unstamped currency. These are also known as tajaderos, the Spanish word for a chopping knife, due to their shape. They were standardized currency in the Aztec world, set to be equal 8000 cacao seeds. In the early days after the Spanish conquest, this type of currency continued to be used in the absence of minted coins from Spain. Size of each: 6" L x 2.25" W (15.2 cm x 5.7 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Paul Simon collection, Taos, NM
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