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21st Feb '18 5:01:29 AM RobTan
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* Some historical records suggest that ancient Sparta had a largely cashless economy, but would occasionally use iron bars as currency. Like most reports about the inner workings of notoriously secretive Sparta, these records were written by outsiders, sometimes centuries after the fact, so their validity is questionable.

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* Some historical records suggest that ancient classical Sparta had a largely cashless economy, but would occasionally use iron bars as currency. Like most reports about the inner workings of notoriously secretive Sparta, these records were written by outsiders, sometimes centuries after the fact, so their validity is questionable.
11th Feb '18 9:40:33 AM RobTan
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* Some historical records suggest that ancient Sparta had a largely cashless economy, but would occasionally use iron bars as currency. Like most reports about the inner workings of notoriously secretive Sparta, these records were written by outsiders, sometimes centuries after the fact, so their validity is questionable.
1st Feb '18 7:31:57 PM ironcommando
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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', the currency is meat, which [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] its use of MoneySpider.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' and ''VideoGame/WestOfLoathing'', the currency is meat, which [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] its use of MoneySpider.
31st Jan '18 11:24:21 AM Geoduck
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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]'' has a bit where the Doctor pulls some loose change from his pocket, and one "coin" is a mechanical bug-thing which is moving.

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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]'' ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Battlefield]]'' has a bit where the Doctor pulls some loose change from his pocket, and one "coin" is a mechanical bug-thing which is moving.
31st Jan '18 11:15:41 AM Geoduck
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Rings of Akhaten" uses "objects with some personal value attached to them" as currency. The more personal value an object has, the more it's worth currency-wise.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten
The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Rings of Akhaten" Akhaten]]" uses "objects with some personal value attached to them" as currency. The more personal value an object has, the more it's worth currency-wise.currency-wise.
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]'' has a bit where the Doctor pulls some loose change from his pocket, and one "coin" is a mechanical bug-thing which is moving.
** In the comedy special ''Recap/TheFiveishDoctorsReboot'', it's revealed that the Doctor Who Experience in [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Cardiff]] will accept Creator/JohnBarrowman [=CDs and DVDs=] as entry payment.
31st Jan '18 10:33:07 AM DaibhidC
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* A [[http://mimir.net/barmy/coins.html fan site]] for ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' includes some weird Outer Plains currencies, including Lodestone Bits (magnetic iron coins worth 10gp) Pine Coins (actual silvery pine cones, entirely worthless outside the Elven Realms of Arvandor) and Soul Prisms (a Lower Plains coin with an evil soul trapped inside, value dependent on the power of the soul) which are probably a nod to larvae as currency above.
20th Jan '18 3:15:56 PM Jake
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** Bottle caps are used, most prominently Nuka-Cola caps (though folks in the Mojave Wasteland accept Sunset Sarsaparilla caps), which can even be taken off of sealed bottles of soda when you drink them; effectively, anyone who buys a bottle of Nuka-Cola gets a 1 cap discount. Actually [[FridgeBrilliance quite clever when you think about it]]: not only are they harder to counterfeit than any coin or banknote that could be made in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, they're backed by the most valuable commodity in the region: Clean drinking water. ''Fallout 2'' made a temporary switch to gold coins minted by the NCR, but after the Brotherhood of Steel destroyed their gold reserves everyone switched back to caps and new NCR dollars (backed by water) are often worth less than half their face value in caps, at least in regions outside of the NCR's grasp such as the independent city-state of New Vegas (and the tribes around it).

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** Bottle caps are used, most prominently Nuka-Cola caps (though folks in the Mojave Wasteland accept Sunset Sarsaparilla caps), which can even be taken off of sealed bottles of soda when you drink them; effectively, anyone who buys a bottle of Nuka-Cola gets a 1 cap discount. Actually [[FridgeBrilliance quite clever when you think about it]]: it]], because not only are they harder to counterfeit than any coin or banknote that could be made in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, they're backed by the most valuable commodity in the region: Clean drinking water. ''Fallout 2'' made a temporary switch to gold coins minted by the NCR, but after the Brotherhood of Steel destroyed their gold reserves everyone switched back to caps and new NCR dollars (backed by water) are often worth less than half their face value in caps, at least in regions outside of the NCR's grasp such as the independent city-state of New Vegas (and the tribes around it).
29th Dec '17 9:34:08 PM FordPrefect
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* As pictured above, Rai stones from Yap in Micronesia. Individual carved stones may be over two meters across. One of the stones is currently at the bottom of the ocean, but it's still legal tender. The island population used to be small enough such that everyone on the island knows who owns which Rai stone and when someone transferred the ownership of a rai to someone else (no movement of the rai is required). Essentially, the entire island operate on a strange version of electronic cashless commerce, except instead of using debit cards, they used their collective memory to keep track transactions.

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* As pictured above, Rai stones from Yap in Micronesia. Individual carved stones may be over two meters across. One of the stones is currently at the bottom of the ocean, but it's still legal tender. The island population used to be small enough such that everyone on the island knows knew who owns owned which Rai stone and when someone transferred the ownership of a rai to someone else (no movement of the rai is was required). Essentially, the entire island operate operated on a strange version of electronic cashless commerce, except instead of using debit cards, they used their collective memory to keep track of transactions.
29th Dec '17 9:30:57 PM FordPrefect
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* Early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonAndDragons'' indicates that Larvae (NeutralEvil souls) are used as currency by the denizens of the lower planes, especially the Night Hags.

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* Early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' indicates that Larvae (NeutralEvil souls) are used as currency by the denizens of the lower planes, especially the Night Hags.
29th Dec '17 11:06:17 AM nombretomado
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* In the ElvisPresley film ''Film/JailhouseRock'', his prison mentor is the richest man in prison, having hundreds of cartons of cigarettes in his cell.

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* In the ElvisPresley Music/ElvisPresley film ''Film/JailhouseRock'', his prison mentor is the richest man in prison, having hundreds of cartons of cigarettes in his cell.
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