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New Lessons From the Island of Stone Bitcoins

Revisiting the story of Yap and Rai stone money yields surprising new insights about bitcoin today.

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Published on: Mar 28, 2022

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In examining one of the earliest pre-bitcoin examples of a very bitcoin-like technology, "Speaking of Bitcoin" correspondent George Frankly learns some valuable lessons about where convenience, belief and control collide.


This episode was written by George Frankly with editorial assistance by Adam B. Levine and music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats. Album art for the episode uses an image by Einsamer Schütze licensed under CC BY 4.0, while the front page artwork is in the public domain.