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|Title: ||The Stone Money of Yap: A Numismatic Survey|
|Authors: ||Gillilland, Cora Lee C.|
|Issue Date: ||1975|
|Citation: ||Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology; 23|
|Abstract: ||This synopsis of the history and role of rai or stone money of Yap within the culture of the islands has been drawn from the accounts of early travelers, anthropologists, and administrators in the Western Pacific. The descriptions, quarrying practices, and shipping methods of these stones are discussed, as well as some of the "myths" that have grown up around these large primitive media of exchange. Early and more recent "exchange values" of the stones are traced within the islands, as well as in the international numismatic world.
The location and pertinent data of 149 pieces of stone money removed from Yap and now in public and private collections throughout the world are provided within the table for reference and comparison of sizes, dates and history of accession. Sixty-four stones are illustrated, providing one of the most thorough studies of Yapese rai now available.|
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