seawant


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seawant

(ˈsiːwɒnt)
n
the Native American name for silver coins and, formerly, the shell beads used as currency
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Seawan or seawant was also the name of Indian shell money, of which there were two kinds as above mentioned--wompam, white; and Suckanhock, (from sucki) black.
The Dutch settlers referred to wampum as "seawan," "seawant," or "zeewand" (Stearns, 1887), because this is what they believed the Indians were calling it.