350. Bakia Currency

Rubiana Lagoon,
Solomon Islands, collected in 1895
Size: 17 cm. Weight: 1.48 kg

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Such island currencies were not subject to inflation or devaluation; there, in the Solomon Islands, one of these was permanently exchangeable for one wife or 1,000 coconuts. It seems fair, when you consider that it took at least two months of laborious chipping with stone tools, and then grinding with sand and fibre, to transform the shell of the Giant Clam (Tridacna gigas) into a transactional commodity.