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9th Feb '18 4:02:00 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising:'' In an early battle on Earth in the 80s, Sky Warp gets a stone lodged in his chest when fighting Autobots in a museum. He keeps the stone as a paperweight, and hundreds of years later it's kept in a museum of Decepticon history on Cybertron as The Stone of Sky Warp. Or as humans know it, the Rosetta Stone.

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4th Feb '18 10:51:44 PM intastiel
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* In ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' Fifth Edition, some magi (and new players) are distressed to discover that gold is not worth much, since they can make as much as they want, which means they can easily introduce enough gold or silver to devalue the currency. The Order passes legislation against introducing too much precious metal. Vis is more valuable to magi anyway, and generally must be harvested.

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* In ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' Fifth Edition, some magi (and new players) are distressed to discover that gold is not worth much, much: since they can make as much as they want, which means they can easily introduce the Order prohibits creating enough gold or silver to devalue the currency. The Order passes legislation against introducing too much precious metal. Vis is more valuable metal to magi anyway, [[RealityEnsues devalue local currency]]. Magi tend to use an EnergyEconomy of Vis, condensed {{Mana}} that's tremendously useful for magic and generally must that has to be harvested.harvested rather than magically produced.
2nd Feb '18 4:20:37 PM FGHIK
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', gold-pressed latinum is a universal currency outside TheFederation, which is officially a [[MarySuetopia cashless society]] thanks [[PostScarcityEconomy in large part]] to MatterReplicators (though unofficially it's the universal currency ''inside'' the Federation as well). However, the gold itself is worthless -- the [[{{Unobtainium}} latinum]] sandwiched within the gold is the source of its value. Ordinary latinum cannot be [[MatterReplicator replicated]], and because it's liquid at room temperature (like mercury) and even a small drop represents a considerable sum, it's encased in gold to make convenient (and shiny) units of currency.

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', gold-pressed latinum is a universal currency outside TheFederation, which is officially a [[MarySuetopia cashless society]] thanks [[PostScarcityEconomy in large part]] to MatterReplicators {{Matter Replicator}}s (though unofficially it's the universal currency ''inside'' the Federation as well). However, the gold itself is worthless -- the [[{{Unobtainium}} latinum]] sandwiched within the gold is the source of its value. Ordinary latinum cannot be [[MatterReplicator replicated]], and because it's liquid at room temperature (like mercury) and even a small drop represents a considerable sum, it's encased in gold to make convenient (and shiny) units of currency.
2nd Feb '18 4:19:59 PM FGHIK
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', gold-pressed latinum is a universal currency outside TheFederation, which is officially a [[MarySuetopia cashless society]] (though unofficially it's the universal currency ''inside'' the Federation as well). However, the gold itself is worthless -- the [[{{Unobtainium}} latinum]] sandwiched within the gold is the source of its value. Ordinary latinum cannot be [[MatterReplicator replicated]], and because it's liquid at room temperature (like mercury) and even a small drop represents a considerable sum, it's encased in gold to make convenient (and shiny) units of currency.

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', gold-pressed latinum is a universal currency outside TheFederation, which is officially a [[MarySuetopia cashless society]] thanks [[PostScarcityEconomy in large part]] to MatterReplicators (though unofficially it's the universal currency ''inside'' the Federation as well). However, the gold itself is worthless -- the [[{{Unobtainium}} latinum]] sandwiched within the gold is the source of its value. Ordinary latinum cannot be [[MatterReplicator replicated]], and because it's liquid at room temperature (like mercury) and even a small drop represents a considerable sum, it's encased in gold to make convenient (and shiny) units of currency.
31st Jan '18 1:00:47 PM chopshop
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* In ''{{Film/Threads}}'', the nuclear apocalypse renders paper money worthless. Characters throw it away in favor of stuff like food and supplies.



** A tie-in comic reveals that [[spoiler: the Sniper's real father]] had been using Australium, [[AppliedPhlebotinum an incredibly rare and priceless super-metal]], as paint for his rocketships. Most of which have already exploded.

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** A tie-in comic reveals that [[spoiler: the Sniper's real father]] had been using Australium, [[AppliedPhlebotinum an incredibly rare and priceless pricelessl super-metal]], as paint for his rocketships. Most of which have already exploded.


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* Played with in ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons''; the numerous treasures in Mammon's DragonHoard ''are'' massively valuable, but [[spoiler:Mammon himself [[TheFogOfAges has become so senile that he no longer remembers how or why he got it all]]. He spends his days counting it all, figuring it was important to him once, but otherwise doesn't really care about it anymore. When Allison reaches his vault, Mammon casually tells her that she's free to take whatever she wants if she lets him finish counting first.]]
27th Jan '18 2:14:14 AM jormis29
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* In the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Creature of Havoc'', the PC is a monster, and so gets to kill several adventuring parties in the early part of the book. If they choose to investigate the corpses, they find some shiny metal disks, but can't imagine what purpose they might serve and so throw them away.

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* In the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Creature of Havoc'', ''Literature/CreatureOfHavoc'', the PC is a monster, and so gets to kill several adventuring parties in the early part of the book. If they choose to investigate the corpses, they find some shiny metal disks, but can't imagine what purpose they might serve and so throw them away.
25th Jan '18 4:40:18 PM CosmicFerret
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* The idea of "collector's editions" of comic books came from the fact that early issues of well-known titles, such as ''Superman #1'' are worth a fortune now, so it follows that special editions of popular titles will eventually increase in value. However, the plan is a non-starter, as publishers release a "collector's edition", and collectors snap up as many copies as they can and work hard to keep them in mint condition, thus eliminating the rarity that made those early editions valuable. For example, comics published before or during World War II are valuable because paper was needed for the war effort, and many comic books were given up for this purpose.
23rd Jan '18 11:44:37 AM Sharlee
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** Egypt itself was something of an example [[AncientEgypt in ancient times]], as it had access to then-abundant gold deposits in Nubia. ''Silver'', on the other hand, had to be imported from the Fertile Crescent, and jewelry or other items crafted from silver often fetched higher prices in Egyptian markets than equivalent gold wares.
16th Jan '18 12:24:33 PM 64SuperNintendo
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13th Jan '18 4:57:42 PM Scifiwriterguy
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** Given that diamonds are made entirely out of carbon, it really wouldn't be that hard for advanced aliens to make synthetic diamonds. ''Humans'' have been making synthetic diamonds since the 1950s! Natural diamonds are made by geological pressure applied to carbon, and the synthetic process does this faster. The gemstone industry reacted by establishing the principle that natural diamonds are more valuable than synthetic diamonds -- just because. Microscopes can tell the difference because ironically, synthetic diamonds are ''too'' perfect and don't have some of the impurities in natural diamonds. Any ''Star Trek'' like advanced race with matter replication abilities, which can also replicate gold bars, can easily make diamonds. They're both just made of one element, gold or carbon. (though Gold is too soft to exist in bar form as pure gold. Gold bars are alloys).

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** Given that diamonds are made entirely out of carbon, it really wouldn't be that hard for advanced aliens to make synthetic diamonds. ''Humans'' have been making synthetic diamonds since the 1950s! Natural diamonds are made by geological pressure applied to carbon, and the synthetic process does this faster. The gemstone industry reacted by establishing the principle that natural diamonds are more valuable than synthetic diamonds -- just because. Microscopes can tell the difference because ironically, synthetic diamonds are ''too'' perfect and don't have some of the impurities in natural diamonds. Any ''Star Trek'' like advanced race with matter replication abilities, which can also replicate gold bars, can easily make diamonds. They're both just made of one element, gold or carbon. (though Gold is too soft to exist in bar form as pure gold. Gold bars are alloys).
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