A dive into the story of gold and trade exchanges… This is what the Monnaie de Paris offers with its brand-new exhibition, Akan, the values of trade, running until February 28, 2021. An exhibition inviting visitors and other history fans to discover the Akan people coming straight from Western Africa and mainly now settled in Ghana, as well as the story of its financial system.
The Akan people, and especially the Ashanti, used gold as a mean of payment until settlers arrived and imposed their own monetary system in the early 20th century. The particularity of the Akan monetary system? No coins, but gold kept as a powder in small boxes and weighted with scales and weights for transactions. All in all, over 2,000 weights are kept at the Monnaie de Paris and are displayed as part of the exhibition.
Thanks to a thorough selection of items, the Monnaie de Paris aims at telling you the story of these economic customs, as well as the originalities of these many little boxes and bronze figures used in this African area. The occasion, through a re-contextualization of the Akan culture, to learn more about the exchanges between Africa and the West. Please also note that several family workshops, such as the tour-workshop “Akan, faire le poids” on Wednesday September 9, at 2:30 p.m. or even the guided tour “Les petits poids” are planned from Fall Break.
Let’s go, friends, shall we?
Dates and Opening Time
From 28 July 2020 to 28 February 2021
Monnaie de Paris
11, quai Conti
75006 Paris 6
Tarif réduit: 8 €
Plein tarif: 12 €
Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 11h à 19h