National Geographic : 1927 Dec
© Merl La Voy A PLUTOCRAT OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS In the South Seas a favorite money is made of porpoise teeth. Natives of Malaita, of the Solomon group, drive a school of porpoise into shallow water, where they smother themselves in the mud. Their teeth are then extracted and made into money. Photograph courtesy Agence Economique duGouvernement de1'Indo-Chine AN ANNAMITEPEASANT GOES TOMARKET The chief native coin in this part ofFrench Indo-China isthesapek, of zinc or tin, a string of which isseen between thepeasant's hands. The introduction of perforated coins iscredited totheChinese, who adopted this type of money for convenience incarrying.