Stone Money, Yap

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To see giant stone discs used as coins, head to Stone Money, located on the island of Yap. Carved out of limestone, these circular stones come from several Micronesian islands and still play a real-life role in local transactions, like dowry payments and land purchases. The stones vary in size and rarely move, with ownership discussed and transferred by verbal agreement. An on-going display of an usual payment practice, these immense stone coins tell a fascinating tale of indigenous culture and commerce. Plan to see Stone Money and other attractions that appeal to you using our Yap trip planner .
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  • Well, it's maybe not so mysterious as it's been studied quite a bit at this point but it is a must see. The small stone discs are everywhere, even in town, so at first I thought they weren't real. But...  more »
  • I have seen on Yap three stone money banks and many pieces in front of different houses. It is really a culturally special experience to experience these objects in their size in concrete terms.
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