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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  • More than likely, unless you are just here for diving, then you have come to witness the fascinating stone money of Yap. I was surprised to see so much of it scattered around the entire island. I was....  more »
  • Worth doing some reading in advance and making time to do a guided tour of the island and the various stone money locations.  more »
  • So i was in my car with my feral cat named phenolope glabbers, and then a stone jumped on to the wheel of my car, and proceeded to throw chunky tostitos quacamole, and everybody knows that cars are...  more »

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