from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rudely formed rings and ring-shaped or penannular bodies of bronze and other materials found among the remains of ancient peoples of Europe, and generally thought to have been used, at least in some cases, as money.
- n. In modern times, same as manilla.
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The Celebrity was hailed with the reverence due to the man who puts up the ring-money in a prize-fight.
A socketed bronze celt and gold ring-money found together near
Belfast, find of gold ring-money and bronze celt at, 87.
During the years 1836, 1837, and 1838, there were made at Birmingham or the neighbourhood, and exported from Liverpool to the river Bonney in Africa, large quantities of _cast-iron_ rings, in imitation of the _copper_ rings known as "Manillas" or "African ring-money," then made at Bristol.
Never mind the corners, I'll fill them with ring-money and other trifles, "and out of his wide pockets he emptied a golden shower, amongst which he sifted handfuls of dust from the floor and anything else he could find to serve as packing, finally covering all with a goat's-hair blanket which he took from his bed.
These are occasionally impressed with a legend, and for a time the belief obtained that they were a variety of ring-money peculiar to Ceylon. [