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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. To visit Stone Money and other attractions in Yap, use our Yap vacation generator.
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  • We were on Yap for the 49th Yap Days at the beginning of March 2017. We spend 4 days with the Yapese people and thoroughly enjoyed every day. The friendly people were a delight and we felt that we wer...  more »
  • An interesting tour took us through a couple banks. We were surprised to learn that this can still be used for transactions even today.  more »
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