History Main / RidiculousExchangeRates

15th Jul '17 10:12:32 AM nombretomado
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* Prior to WorldWarII, the Japanese Yen was worth around $12 in current (2009) U.S. currency, but faced a steep decline during and after. It was set at 360 to the dollar for a long time after the war, but now fluctuates with the market, usually hovering just over $0.01 since a few years ago.

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* Prior to WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Japanese Yen was worth around $12 in current (2009) U.S. currency, but faced a steep decline during and after. It was set at 360 to the dollar for a long time after the war, but now fluctuates with the market, usually hovering just over $0.01 since a few years ago.
8th Jul '17 1:10:00 PM Divra
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** Earlier in the narrative, Nate spends a gold dollar in a tavern, which gets him a quart of whiskey, a room for the night, a cooked breakfast for two and ten paper dollars in change.

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** Earlier in the narrative, Nate spends a gold dollar in a tavern, which gets him a quart of whiskey, a room for the night, a cooked breakfast for two and ten (most importantly in this context) ''ten dollars'' in paper dollars in change.
8th Jul '17 9:39:44 AM nombretomado
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* Of course, these examples pale into comparison with the post-war Hungarian pengő, which experienced the '''single worst example of hyperinflation in history'''. The 100 million B-pengő (i.e. ''100,000,000,000,000,000,000 pengő'') [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HUP_100MB_1946_obverse.jpg note]] is the single highest denomination bill ever issued, according to TheOtherWiki. And that banknote was effectively '''worthless'''. (A 1 milliard B-Pengő note was printed but not issued.) At the height of the hyperinflation, prices doubled in every fifteen hours. To quote one source (''Postwar'' by Tony Judt) "by the time the pengo was replaced by the forint in August 1946 the dollar value of all Hungarian banknotes in circulation was just one-thousandth of one cent."

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* Of course, these examples pale into comparison with the post-war Hungarian pengő, which experienced the '''single worst example of hyperinflation in history'''. The 100 million B-pengő (i.e. ''100,000,000,000,000,000,000 pengő'') [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HUP_100MB_1946_obverse.jpg note]] is the single highest denomination bill ever issued, according to TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki. And that banknote was effectively '''worthless'''. (A 1 milliard B-Pengő note was printed but not issued.) At the height of the hyperinflation, prices doubled in every fifteen hours. To quote one source (''Postwar'' by Tony Judt) "by the time the pengo was replaced by the forint in August 1946 the dollar value of all Hungarian banknotes in circulation was just one-thousandth of one cent."
8th Jul '17 3:40:35 AM Divra
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** One of the things that baffles the Confederates about the Rivington Men is their insistence on the equal value of Confederate paper money and gold, something even the staunchest fire-eater won't. This includes charging fifty dollars in paper for a repeating rifle; while someone else might sell a rifle for fifty dollars in gold, fifty paper dollars ''might'' get you a pocket knife and some change.
** Earlier in the narrative, Nate spends a gold dollar in a tavern, which gets him a quart of whiskey, 20 cents in silver, 10 dollars in paper, a room for the night and a cooked breakfast for two.

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** One of the things that baffles the Confederates about the Rivington Men is their insistence on the equal value of Confederate paper money and gold, something even the staunchest Confederate fire-eater won't. This includes charging fifty dollars in paper for a repeating rifle; while someone else might sell a rifle for fifty rifle. Fifty gold dollars in gold, is a reasonable price for a high-end off-the-shelf rifle, but fifty paper dollars ''might'' get you might not be enough for a pocket knife and some change.knife.
** Earlier in the narrative, Nate spends a gold dollar in a tavern, which gets him a quart of whiskey, 20 cents in silver, 10 dollars in paper, a room for the night and night, a cooked breakfast for two.two and ten paper dollars in change.
8th Jul '17 3:32:59 AM Divra
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** One of the things that baffles the Confederates about the Rivington Men is their insistence on the equal value of Confederate paper money and gold, something even the staunchest fire-eater won't. This includes charging fifty dollars in paper for a rifle; while someone else might sell a rifle for fifty dollars in gold, fifty paper dollars ''might'' get you a pocket knife and some change.

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** One of the things that baffles the Confederates about the Rivington Men is their insistence on the equal value of Confederate paper money and gold, something even the staunchest fire-eater won't. This includes charging fifty dollars in paper for a repeating rifle; while someone else might sell a rifle for fifty dollars in gold, fifty paper dollars ''might'' get you a pocket knife and some change.


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** Later on, Nate goes to buy a hat, and ends up paying ten dollars in paper for it. He notes that he could have paid a dollar and some change in silver instead, but that no-one spends metal money unless they absolutely have to.
8th Jul '17 3:28:17 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'' highlights the discrepancy in value between the Confederate paper dollar and the gold dollar.
** One of the things that baffles the Confederates about the Rivington Men is their insistence on the equal value of Confederate paper money and gold, something even the staunchest fire-eater won't. This includes charging fifty dollars in paper for a rifle; while someone else might sell a rifle for fifty dollars in gold, fifty paper dollars ''might'' get you a pocket knife and some change.
** Earlier in the narrative, Nate spends a gold dollar in a tavern, which gets him a quart of whiskey, 20 cents in silver, 10 dollars in paper, a room for the night and a cooked breakfast for two.
1st Jul '17 6:17:43 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Wolfgang von Uberwald mentions that the winner of a deadly contest gets the considerable sum of four hundred crowns. Our hero, Commander Vimes, determined to show no fear, sneers: "What is that in Ankh-Morpork dollars, do you know? About a dollar fifty?"

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Wolfgang von Uberwald mentions that the winner of a deadly contest gets the considerable sum of four hundred crowns. Our hero, Commander Vimes, determined to show no fear, sneers: "What is that in Ankh-Morpork dollars, do you know? About a dollar fifty?"fifty?"
** A justified example can be found in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. Twoflower comes from a land where gold is about as valuable as lead, and the gold coins he's using as money are supposed to be fiat currency (later books revealed it's backed by silver). As a result what he thinks is enough travel money for a few weeks visiting Ankh-Morpork has enough value locally to purchase half the city outright. He never actually figures this out, and continues to tip people more than the value of a house.



* A justified example can be found in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. Twoflower comes from a land where gold is about as valuable as lead, and the gold coins he's using as money are supposed to be fiat currency (later books revealed it's backed by silver). As a result what he thinks is enough travel money for a few weeks visiting Ankh-Morpork has enough value locally to purchase half the city outright. He never actually figures this out, and continues to tip people more than the value of a house.
10th Jun '17 2:37:30 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewWoodyWoodpeckerShow'', [[WoodyWoodpecker Woody]] once found a Russian satellite that crashed and then he sold it to the junkyard for a few dollars. Later on, he learned the Russian Government offered five million units of their currency and he tried to get it back. After managing to get it back and take it to the Russians, he learned the money was worth less than the money he got when he sold it to the junkyard.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewWoodyWoodpeckerShow'', [[WoodyWoodpecker [[WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker Woody]] once found a Russian satellite that crashed and then he sold it to the junkyard for a few dollars. Later on, he learned the Russian Government offered five million units of their currency and he tried to get it back. After managing to get it back and take it to the Russians, he learned the money was worth less than the money he got when he sold it to the junkyard.
29th May '17 4:17:44 PM jormis29
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* In an early mission in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'', while Rico is buying some information from an informant, Panau is implied to have this kind of currency.

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* In an early mission in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'', ''VideoGame/JustCause2'', while Rico is buying some information from an informant, Panau is implied to have this kind of currency.
29th May '17 10:59:52 AM Odacon_Spy
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* In''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 3'' Absolute Power El Presidente can choose to print more money; while giving money in the short term, it permanently raises the price of everything else, the more money printed the more the economy becomes inflated. Eventually everything becomes too expensive to afford.

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* In''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 3'' Absolute Power El Presidente can choose to print more money; while giving money in the short term, it permanently raises the price of everything else, the more money printed the more the economy becomes inflated. Eventually everything becomes too expensive to afford.



* In an early mission in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'', while Rico is buying some information from an informant, Panau is implied to have this kind of money.
--> '''Informant:''' A pleasure doing business with you.
--> '''Rico:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Considering the value of the Panauan buck, shooting you would have been more expensive.]]

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* In an early mission in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'', while Rico is buying some information from an informant, Panau is implied to have this kind of money.
--> '''Informant:'''
currency.
-->'''Informant:'''
A pleasure doing business with you.
-->
you.\\
'''Rico:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Considering the value of the Panauan buck, shooting you would have been more expensive.]]



* After some ''[[YouFailEconomyForever really stupid]]'' decisions by the managers of ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'', namely the creation of an insane quantity of [[MoneySpider gold generators]], the amount of gold accrued without any adequate GoldSink, making the prices soar (see [[http://gaia.wikia.com/wiki/Inflation here]]).
* ''VideoGame/Neopets'' has serious issues with hyperinflation, caused by the fact winning Neopets is a walk in the park, although the stakk introduced policies aiming to reduce this amount, such as the selling of an item by a NPC account (read [[http://www.themarysue.com/neopets-economy/ here]] for more details).

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* After some ''[[YouFailEconomyForever ''[[ArtisticLicenseEconomics really stupid]]'' decisions by the managers of ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'', namely the creation of an insane quantity of [[MoneySpider gold generators]], the amount of gold accrued without any adequate GoldSink, making the prices soar (see [[http://gaia.wikia.com/wiki/Inflation here]]).
* ''VideoGame/Neopets'' ''VideoGame/{{Neopets}}'' has serious issues with hyperinflation, caused by the fact winning Neopets is a walk in the park, although the stakk introduced policies aiming to reduce this amount, such as the selling of an item by a NPC account (read [[http://www.themarysue.com/neopets-economy/ here]] for more details).
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