Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is a small island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and is known for their amazing statues, “Moai”. In 1722, a Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, sighted and visited the island. This happened to be on a Sunday, Easter Sunday to be precise, and the name stuck: Easter Island.
Although scientists do not know for sure, many claim that human habitation of Easter Island began around 700-1100 Almost immediately upon its initial settlement the population of Easter Island began to grow and the island’s inhabitants (Rapanui) began to build houses and moai statues. The moai are believed to represent status symbols of the different Easter Island tribes.
There are hundreds of moai surrounding the island, The average moai statue is 14 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 14 tons. Some moai were as large as 33 feet and weighed more than 80 tons!!! Many statues are actually buried up to their necks, therefore only showing their faces. Some moai statues are also “capped” with hats or crowns made out of red volcano rock.
It is incredible to think of how these statues, moai’s, were created and truly are amazing works of art. In 2011 a banknote was issued to honor these wonderful moai and the mysterious Easter Island. There is a 500, 1000, 2500, and 5000 Rongo note, all displaying a moai and a native islander, Rapanui.
These are some of my favorite bank notes, not only are they beautifully colored and polymer material, but extremely educational and fun for children and adults alike. A beautiful set of notes, available for purchase at www.robertsworldmoney.com