What were the gold and silver coins called in ancient Somalia?

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1. I'm curious what our ancestors used as currency throughout history

2. If we were using gold and silver as currency, what did our ancestors call it?

It was silver (Lacag) and maar (copper) coins that Somalis back then mostly used. The word lacag means silver. Gold was also highly valued, but in the Somali territory, I haven't seen any records of gold coins used as a currency.

The use of silver (lacag) stopped after the Ottoman felt in 1919.

I think nomads didn’t use money maybe. There’s a poem by Ismaciil mire - iibsi lacag where he talks about being unfamiliar trading in money.

Ismail Mire was referring to the paper money. I believe it was British pound that was being introduced, and the people were historically used to the silver (coins) and not the paper money - or the fraudulent money. Yes, every paper money is worthless and fraudulent.
 

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Majority were nomads and didnt need any of those gold or silver coins but some coastal communities did trade and in Somali gold is called dahab and silver is fidda , both are from Arabic
nahh geeljires weren't majority nigga, more like 40/60
 

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Im guessing with that amount of Greeks, Roman and Egyptian artefacts that existed in tombs on the coast of Somalia, it would be gold (Greeks), Spices (Romans) and Frankincense (Egypt)
 
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