For a bit of variety, I think I'll post an article on different or curious money - perhaps once a month (?) - just to introduce people to the big wide world out there. Some will be ancient - some less so...
Attached is a picture of an example of canoe money (also know as Lat Hoi money). I purchased this of a very respected dealer in 1992 (for about £6 or so - I think - though it is still possible to pick them up for around that price) .
This form of money was used around the Mekong delta region - modern day Thailand. Ingot money in this area is thought to have generally appeared in Menam Valley for the first time in early 14th century. This one is 95mm long and is one of the middle period ones - later examples being shorter. The practice of making these probably ended with the establishment of the French Protectrate in 1889 (Ref. Mitchiner). It is likely that these were used in spiritual offerings as well as commerce.
Copper / Bronze
Size 95 mm
Early 18th C
Ref. Mitchiner 3018
This particular series consists of a series of unstamped billion or near copper/brass ingots. The slightly raised ends leads to the popular name of "canoe money". They are not particually exciting (no dramatic poses of gods or personifications
here) but they are curious.
(Actually they are annoying to store as they don't fit into anything normally used for coins.)
All the best