Absa Money Museum

A history of note

Absa Money Museum

From salt and seashells to metal and animals, money has taken some fascinating forms over the course of history. The Absa Money Museum is the one and only home to these, and more numismatic items – documenting the history and journey of money and banking in South Africa.

The Museum’s history stretches back to the beginnings of trade in Johannesburg. The dynamic displays include artefacts ranging from cowrie shells, Venetian glass beads and gold coins retrieved from sunken ships, to token money, the Van Riebeeck banknotes and all South African coins (to name a few).

While the Museum remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still tour the museum – virtually.

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A heritage of note

 

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How many seashells count as Lobola?

Can you guess how many seashells? Learn more about our earliest forms of money in this virtual tour snippet of the Absa Money Museum.

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What does school money have to do with the Great Depression?

What is school money? Learn more about our currency today in this virtual tour snippet of the Absa Money Museum.

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How were the first South African banknotes made?

The answer would surprise you! Learn more about the history of money and trade in South Africa in this virtual tour snippet of the Absa Money Museum.

Contact us

Absa Money Museum

Absa Towers West, 15 Troye St, Marshalltown,
Johannesburg, 2001
E-mail: museum@absa.africa

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