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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  • When visiting Yap, this is a MUST to see--the Stone Money. The island is riddled with Stone Money, and you need to see it to believe it. Having a local guide provide a tour would be best. The Yapese p...  more »
  • Try to read as much as you can before going because there is nothing in the way of information once you arrive. It is an easy walk from the Colonia so you do not need a guide to get there. However, tr...  more »
  • Visited for scuba diving vacation on an island tour. The place is hidden in the jungle. Visit with a tour guide, who knows the story of the stone money. Worth seeing.
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