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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  • On Yap, there is a "second currency" next to the USD. It is the stone money or Rai, as it is called there. These are round stone slabs with a hole in the middle. They come in different diameters and even today it is used for certain transactions and is very important. You often find it on the island, but there are also various Stone Money Banks. These are paths lined with a wide variety of stones. The best way to find and explore them is with a guide that can be organised by the hotel.
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  • I would say that the one thing most people may know about Yap is from history class and the idea of money and how Yap's stone money is an early and unique example of money. Seeing them in person and h...  more »
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