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1.75 pounds, 5-7/8″ x 5-11/16″.

For the first time ever on this site (or on any other coin dealer’s site that we can ever recall), we are delighted to present an example of the primitive stone money from the Micronesian island of Yap (located approximately midway between Guam and Palau, both of which your author visited frequently in the 1990s while on non-numismatic business).

And this is an incredibly charming piece with pretty golden brown color, a neat stepped ring tapering to the edge and of a size that one can actually transport and display without requiring a forklift or causing a back injury and/or divorce.

Neat provenance too!

From the Collection of Kenneth Hallenbeck; earlier ex United States Rear Admiral Oscar H. Dodson who was stationed on Yap at the end of World War II and brought this piece back with him.

This coin is from the CRO archives and is not currently available for sale.