Fictional Currency

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"Another day, another septim."
Imperial City guard, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Money is an important part of daily life, and fiction is no different. And fictional settings often use fictional currency.

Inventing a fictional currency helps establish a setting as unique, and when done well it builds immersion. Of course, when done poorly, it can have the opposite effect — having an unexpected or unexplained reference to a made-up word that means "money" can be confusing or distracting. Often, a fictional currency will be roughly equivalent in value to a real-life one; this saves the writer the effort of having to do conversion rates mentally. The most common targets for this treatment tend to be the dollar or the yen. This is occasionally explicit, as with the double dollar or the nuyen. The zeni (or zenny) is a popular name for fictional currencies in Japanese media.

Occasionally, the name of a recherché and/or archaic real world currency name will be borrowed: e.g. the Cardassian lek (Albania), the Centauri ducat (Republic of Venice and elsewhere), or the guilders in Andromeda (pre-Euro Netherlands).

Compare Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp", though Justified in that one generally expects there to be different names for different currencies. Contrast Gold–Silver–Copper Standard, where the money used isn't a currency at all, but precious metals are used instead; the two may overlap when different names are given to the appropriate coins. Compare and contrast with Energy Economy, where energy, either a real form, or fictional is used for currency. Examples are often a Global Currency. We Will Spend Credits in the Future is a Science Fiction-specific subtrope. See also Weird Currency and Practical Currency.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach uses kan, which serves as Soul Society's official currency.
  • Cowboy Bebop uses woolongs, which are roughly equal to yen. Its symbol (₩) is even similar to the yen symbol (¥), with the Y replaced by a W — ₩ is incidentally also the currency symbol for the North Korean won and South Korean won.
  • Dragon Ball uses zeni.
  • Fairy Tail uses Jewels.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist uses cenz.
  • Hunter × Hunter uses jenny.
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? uses Vals.
  • Naruto uses ryō, which Wordof God states has a 10:1 exchange rate with yen.
  • One Piece:
    • Belly/Beli/Beri/Berry are used throughout the ocean-going world, and are roughly equal to yen/pennies; a loaf of bread is 150 belly, designer clothing is 10,000 to 28,800, a cheap weapon is 50,000, a rare one is a million, a secondhand ship is a hundred million, etc. Every pirate seen in the series has a bounty of at least five million on their head.
    • The sky islands the Straw Hats visit use Extols, which have a 10,000:1 exchange rate with Belly. The Straw Hats go on a shopping spree; among the things they use their pocket money to fill their hold with are a bunch of high-powered magical artifacts.
  • Outlaw Star use wong.
  • Trigun uses double dollars (and c-cents are mentioned once); as expected, they're generally equivalent to dollars. In fact, there's some indication that the name came from misinterpretation of the original name of the currency.
  • Sword Art Online has multiple in-universe instances of this, depending on which VRMMO it applies to.
    • "Col" for SAO
    • "Yrd" for ALO
    • "Credits" for GGO; notably, these are exchangeable for real-world yen(100:1), meaning this particular VRMMO is registered as a casino and some play the game for a living.
  • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit has "han" as its basic currency unit, and lugals, which are 100 han.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair uses a currency called "dill." As far as calculating its value, six hundred thousand dill was considered to be a pretty pricey sum but not to an outrageous extent, so it's probably based off of the actual Japanese yen.
  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! uses "Eris" as currency, which also happens to share a name with a local goddess in the setting's pantheon.

    Comic Books 
  • In Groo the Wanderer, kopins seem to be a Global Currency.
  • The Transformers features shanix, which is used either a Cybertronian currency or a galactic one used by most space-faring civilizations. The exact details differ based on the specific continuity.

    Fan Fic 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series mentions that the planet Zok uses geekoids, froiks, and sandlumbs, which are implied to be akin to pennies, dollar bills, and hundred-dollar bills, respectively.

    Films — Animated 
  • Zootopia: The Zootopian dollar has a picture of a deer on it (pun on "buck") and is symbolised by a Z with a line through it.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • In Vladimir Vasilyev's Antarctica Online, after the new Antarctic Republic is formed, the Antarcticans try to decide on the currency for their country. Those who originally came from Australia demand that a dollar be used, while Brits want a pound. Russians want a ruble, etc. Eventually, they settle for a currency that is no longer used in order to please everyone. Thus the Antarctic taler (the word "dollar" originally came from "taler") or antaler is born.
  • In The Balanced Sword, the unit of currency in the lands that look to the Dragon Throne is the "scale".
  • Brandon Sanderson uses these in the various settings within The Verse most of his works are set in, The Cosmere.
    • In Mistborn: The Original Trilogy, the Final Empire uses "boxings", which are small gold coins. "Clips" are also mentioned as the smallest denomination of coinage, though they're not physically described. Three thousand boxings is considered an absolute fortune by most people's standards — far more than entire crew of skilled thieves could possibly earn in an entire year. To the nobility and the government, though, it's relatively small change.
    • The Stormlight Archive has currency called "spheres", consisting of gemstones encased in glass. Value depends on the type and size of the gem (the spheres themselves are all the same size). The denominations (from lowest to highest) are "chips", "marks", and "broams", with emeralds being the most valuable stone and diamonds the least. Spheres infused with Stormlight (which makes them glow) are also more valuable because it's a guarantee that they're not counterfeit. (Infused spheres also make convenient sources of light.)
  • A Brother's Price has "crowns", which are implied to be made of gold. There may be other, smaller currency units, but they are not mentioned.
  • In The Chronicles of Narnia, Narnian coins are Lions and Trees, which may correspond to "gold" and "silver" though this isn't specified. Calormen uses crescents and minims; one minim = 1/40 crescent.
  • Discworld:
    • Ankh-Morpork uses dollars, but coins less than that are shillings, pence, ha'pennies and even smaller fractions of a penny like elims (1/16th of a penny), which can apparently get you a small and mostly edible potato in some parts of the city.
      • Morporkian currency appears based on several archaic currency systems on Earth, including pre-decimalisation British which is as weird and unearthly as you'll find anywhere. Or perhaps more so. A discussion of the weirdness of Ankh-Morpork currency is here and on the associated discussion page.
    • The other major currency on the Disc is the rhinu (a play on the archaic British slang term "rhino") the currency of the Agatean Empire. Since Agatea is filled with Worthless Yellow Rocks, a rhinu is a solid gold coin used as small change.
    • Various other countries on the Main Continent have dollars which probably aren't the same as AM$. Currencies with different names include the Uberwaldean bizot, the Omnian obol, and the Ecksian squid. The stamps add the Klatchian wol, the Djelibeybian talon, the Ephebian derechmi, and the Llamedese ffyrling.
  • In The Elric Saga as our hero travels the world, there are lots of different currencies and systems. Elric's home country, Melniboné, has a large gold coin called a wheel. It is not minted, but "carved by craftsmen to a design both ancient and intricate". These rare coins are not used outside the home country and are prized even by the nobility of Melniboné. They are called the currency of kings. The Chaosium games based on Elric's stories describe them as palm-sized medallions of pure gold, each created to commemorate an Emperor. They weigh about 20 pounds and are not used as money. In one of the stories there is also mention of coins set with gems.
  • Gor has Tarn Disks/Tarsks, which use the Gold–Silver–Copper Standard.
  • In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-Sky Trilogy the tree-dwelling Kindar have a moneyless communism but a society based on honor ranking. Most goods and commodities are stored in warehouses and available to all at need, but certain things (e.g., made of rare materials or that take more time to make) are reserved for those of high rank. Down in the caves, the capitalist Erdlings use tokens, earned by service. With enough of them, you can buy anything you want. After the Rejoyning, this causes annoying clashes as Erdlings try to buy elegant items usually reserved for the highest rank. The tokens are used by all in The Game of the Book.
  • In Harry Potter, wizarding Britain uses galleons, sickles and knuts; overlaps with Gold Silver Bronze Standard.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
    • In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, a group of people have crash-landed on an uninhabited planet. They decide to adopt the leaf as their currency. The upside: Everyone immediately becomes fantastically rich. The downside: it costs approximately three entire forests to buy one peanut. The solution: burn down all the trees.
    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also mentions a few galactic currencies, all of which have fallen into disfavor: The Altairian Dollar (due to inflation), the Flanian Pobble Bead (due to being only exchangeable with other Flanian Pobble Beads) and the Triganic Pu (because one Pu is equal to 8 Ningis, and as a Ningi is a triangular rubber coin 6000 miles on a side, nobody has ever been able to acquire enough Ningis to make one Pu ... and the interplanetary banks refuse to accept Ningis in trade because they consider them "fiddling small change").
  • It's mentioned briefly in Mikhail Akhmanov's Invasion that, in 2042, the American dollar and the euro were replaced by a unified currency known as the eular. It's stated that other currencies still exist, such as the British pound, the ruble, the yuan, the yen, the rupee, and the peso.
  • The Kingkiller Chronicle makes Harry Potter's coinage look downright sane, with "marks," "talents," "drabs," "shims," "jots", "pennies" in both copper and iron, and more, getting mixed up in the main character's purse. This is what happens when there are multiple standardized currencies in your setting: it's realistic, but confusing as hell. External wiki link.
  • Robert A. Heinlein's books have several examples.
    • In Citizen of the Galaxy, part of which focuses on an interstellar trading vessel, has different currencies for each of the various political bodies they travel through (when they aren't dealing with primitive planets and bartering instead). The two most notable examples are minims and stellars (10 minims being 1 stellar) in the Nine Worlds and credits among other things in the Terran Hegemony.
    • In Friday, the eponymous character mentions that the city-state of Las Vegas is the only "country" with a system of currency that is actually backed by gold. The general unit of currency in the greater part of the United States is called the "crown."
    • In Time Enough for Love, Lazarus Long owns the bank, so he prints his own currency. It's tied to the price of wheat as a pseduo backing, which means sometimes he took a loss, but it meant the money was a stable system.
    • It's mentioned that the unit of money on the Howard Family planet Secundus is the "crown."
      Terran currency did not bother him: a hundred dollars to the credit — which he thought of as five loaves of bread, a trick the Supercargo taught him — a thousand credits to the supercredit, a thousand supercredits to the megabuck. So simple that the People translated other currencies into it, for accounting.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has Westerosi gold, silver, and copper dragons, stagsnote , and stars after the Animal Motifs used by the former and current dynasties along with one of the many symbols of the dominant religion. Other regions in the setting have their own currency, including gold and iron coins and possibly others.
  • In Sprawl Trilogy Japan's revalued New Yen are the preferred currency in many places. On account of most other currencies undergoing Ridiculous Future Inflation if not collapsing entirely.
  • In the Takeshi Kovacs novel Broken Angels Sanction IV's government used the Standard Archaeological Find Token, or saft, as the planet was colonized to hunt for Martian relics. By the time of the book the war and other economic problems have reduced the exchange rate to 230 saft to the UN Protectorate dollar.
  • Victoria: After the dollar gets driven into the ground, Maine starts issuing 'Pine Tree Dollars' with a picture of a Pine. Instead of a fiat currency, one backed by gold and/or foreign money that still has value.
  • The War Against the Chtorr has United Nations Federal Kilo-Calorie notes, or 'caseys'.
  • The Wheel of Time has three terms for coinage: penny, mark and crown. However, these can be made of different materials, with a gold mark, say, being worth more than a silver crown. All told, because coppers are always pennies and golds never are, there are six different varieties of coin in use, with their exact relative values differing by country of origin.
  • A majority of the currency in The Wild Ones is composed of seeds, nuts, and other forms of food that can be traded. Given that everyone is a Funny Animal, this is somewhat expected.

    Live Action TV 
  • Andromeda occasionally makes reference to "guilders" or "thrones", but given the post-collapse setting it is likely there are several planets and nations with their own currencies.
  • Thanks to approved tie-in material, we know the currency for many of the alien nations on Babylon 5: Abbai use gy, nori and chuk, Brakiri use grull or credits, Drazi use tok, Grome use vorl, Hurr use fla, Llort use yat, heek and molat, Markab used galot and Yolu use ogo. Hyach and pak'ma'ra use a barter system instead. Gaim, being hive insects, never used money. The Centauri use ducats and the Humans use credits. No word on the Narn or Minbari. The credit is standard on Babylon 5, being run by the Humans, after all, and seems to be a fairly common trade currency for legitimate transactions (since the Humans are the major commercial power); however, Centauri ducats (the only currency besides the Earth Alliance credit that actually appeared on the show) are favored for underground transactions and transactions with no or unreliable access to banking networks, as there are physical ducat coins that make them easy to trade and hard to trace.
  • Both versions of Battlestar Galactica use the "cubit". Caprica shows that this currency was used on at least two of the Twelve Colonies (Caprica and Gemenon) before unification.
  • The official printed currently that appears to be in use in the post-apocalyptic world of Defiance is the "scrip". While the word is commonly used to denote a currency substitute (like vouchers used in some company towns), here it appears to have become a currency on its own. The scrip appears to be the currency of the Earth Republic and is also used in various city-states like Defiance (formerly St. Louis) and Angel Arc (formerly Los Angeles). It's not clear if it's also accepted in the Votanis Collective.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Westeros runs on the Gold–Silver–Copper Standard (gold dragons, silver stags, and copper stars respectively).
    • Coins from other cities are also depicted, including Jaqen H'ghar's Faceless Man iron coin in "Valar Morghulis," a square Braavosi one in "Second Sons," and the voucher-tokens of the Iron Bank in "The Laws of Gods and Men."
  • At least three million years in the past of Red Dwarf, humanity used the 'dollarpound' ('buckquid' for slang, and made up of 100 'pennycents'). Also an example of Coca-Pepsi, Inc..
  • Star Trek:
    • The Klingon Empire's currency is the darsek. The Bajorans use a currency called lita, and the Cardassian Union has the lek. The Karemma, part of the Dominion, use dirak, and in the casino run by Martus (an El-Aurian), the currency of choice is the isik. The Star Trek Novel Verse has added several others, including Tarkaelean notch-rocks, Gorn szeket, and Breen sakto. Humans on the other hand have no currency at all (though this is inconsistently depicted).
    • Naturally, your local Ferengi currency exchanger is more than happy to turn all of this into gold-pressed latinum, in easy-to-handle denominations of slips, strips, bars, and bricks. Note that the gold is considered worthless, it's the liquid latinum inside that holds value. Going by the Deep Space Nine episode "Body Parts", 100 slips makes a strip and 20 strips makes a bar, and so 2000 slips makes a bar.
  • In Taxi, the drivers are pooling their money to make a big score. When they ask Latka what he has he answers something to the effect of "30,000 glotkies". When asked how much that is in American money he answers "Nothing."
  • The colonists of Terra Nova appear to have staples such as housing, medicine, and basic food provided, but other goods are paid for with "terras" alongside a spirited barter system. 20 terras buys a nice outfit, while 60 is somewhat steep for a handmade guitar.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Generalissimo Takada's monster dollars in HUSTLE, currency of his monster army.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In some episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House, the currency of Woodland Valley is the clam. In others it's ordinary US dollars. Clams appear to not be regular clams, since Pip and Pop sell a whole bunch of clams in one episode, making two clams on the deal.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech's major houses each use a distinct national currency, colloquially known as D-bills, K-bills, S-bills, M-bills and L-billsnote , each also having an official name, for instance, the Capellan Commonwealth's "L-Bill" is officially the Yuan, while the Free Worlds League "M-Bill" is the Eagle. The most encountered and important currency in the Inner Sphere, however, is ComStar's C-Bill, which, officially, represents one unit of transmission on the Hyperpulse Generators that ComStar uses for FTL communication. However, said communication is seen as enough of a scarce and precious commodity that the bills have taken on a use as a currency and legal tender.
  • While most settings of Dungeons & Dragons simply use the Gold–Silver–Copper Standard the novels for Eberron refer to the coins as Galifars, Sovereigns, Crowns, and platinum Dragons.
    • Most settings did tend to have actual names for the currency floating around... it was just that except for Eberron most of them had several different currencies using the copper/silver/gold/platinum system, with wide acceptance for most making just calling the coins for their metallic category a wide-spread and very common general nickname.
  • Eclipse Phase has credits in most capitalist habitats, but Anarchist habitats don't use money at all, instead they use a combination of public-access nanofabricators and a gift economy mediated by Reputation networks. While the Titanian Commonwealth mostly uses something similar to the Anarchists but they also have kroner that are invested in "microcorps" as some form of introducing competition to a Socialist economy.
  • Exalted features Jade (a magical material rather than real life jade). Jade scrip is most widely used in the Realm, but the Guild has managed to push a silver standard as an alternative currency in the last few decades. The denominations of different Jade coins is exhaustively detailed (including coins so large and valuable that they're almost exclusively used on paper rather than actually carried around). It's also implied that there are other minor currencies, such as cowry shells, throughout the world.
  • Human Occupied Landfill has grobules, a small lumpy egg often scavenged from battlefields and slaughter sites. If left alone, it will mature into the festering groblinoid, which is larger and smells like rancid oatmeal, and is worth ten grobules for no discernible reason. Eventually that will hatch into the grobling, a snarling mass of claws and fangs and killing urge which is not only worthless as a monetary unit, but will also savagely assault its owner and everyone else in the area. It also releases a gas that causes nearby grobules and groblinoids to hatch prematurely into adult forms so they can join in. After everything else is dead, they lay new grobules and promptly die from boredom. Then new victims show up and loot the new hoard, and the cycle repeats. The alternative is the Confederate Chit, but nobody other than offworlders put any value in that.
  • In Ironclaw the silver denar (represented by a D with a stroke) is the primary currency of Calabria, along with gold aureals and bronze orichalks and a few other coins that aren't legal tender anymore.
  • Life also has toy money of very large denominations, with portraits of guys with Punny Names on them.
  • Malifaux has Guild Scrip, in keeping with its portrayal as a Company Town. Exchange rates Earthside may be fair, but in Malifaux they are controlled entirely by the Guild and are yet another way to exploit people.
  • Myriad Song's most widely accepted currency is the Imperial Monetary Note, represented with a note symbol, and divided into 100 quavers. While the Concord and Solar Creed each have energy-backed currencies, the "masey" and "sol" and a lot of independent worlds issue their own scrip.
  • Monopoly money may be the Trope Codifier. In some spinoff games like Monopoly City, it's denominated in "monos" (the symbol is a struck-through M; the name is a riff on Euros). In addition, some versions have used game-oriented names, like the pre-euro German "spielmark".
  • Mutant Chronicles: The Mega Corps and the Brotherhood all mint their own currencies, with varying levels of success. Brotherhood Cardinal's Crowns are the de facto Universal Currency since they are backed by the Cardinal's Bank, which is the largest and most respected financial institution in the Solar System, and one of the few banks which does inter-corporate banking. Capitolian Dollars and Imperial Sterlings can be used pretty much everywhere and you probably won't get ripped off too much on the exchange rate. Bauhaus Guilders are rarely seen outside Bauhaus territory, but for some reason the preferred currency for trading in financial instruments. No-one outside Cybertronic sees Cybertronic Piastres, and no-one who is not required to by law so much as touches Mishiman Dubloons.
  • Shadowrun has the Nuyen (¥) .
  • The orks of Warhammer 40,000 use their own teeth as currency. Apparently this works because their teeth grow back constantly but also decay over time once removed.

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    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing uses bells, and the prices of items in the games suggest they have a 1:1 exchange rate with the Japanese yen.
  • The Atelier series uses Cole.
  • Billy vs. SNAKEMAN has Ryo as the general currency (largely a reference to Naruto), but some areas of the game have different things, even though it's supposed to be ordinary money; pizza delivery grants "Tips", Retail pays in "Wage", and the currency at BillyCon is "Monies". This is largely to prevent players from just buying their way through, but the lack of any exchange at all is... questionable. Lampshaded in the mission "Count Change": "With a multiverse of currency, this is much harder than it seems!"
  • In the video game BioShock Infinite, the floating city of Columbia uses coins known as "Silver Eagles", as seen in the above photo. The United States actually made coins by that name, but these aren't like the ones featured in the game.
  • Black Tiger uses zenny.
  • Zenny in the Breath of Fire series, as well as most other Capcom games: the symbol is generally a Z with vertical lines through it.
  • Chrono Trigger calls its currency gold, although it seems to be a name rather than they actual metal. It is also spendable throughout the eras you travel, although shopkeepers in 2300 A.D. will poo-poo it at first before reluctantly accepting it, and shopkeepers in 65000000 B.C. refer to it as "shiny stone."
  • Civilization: All nations use a currency called "Gold", although in 'IV', you can pass a UN resolution to have one global currency to help the economy, even though all the nations already use the same currency.
  • In The Ditty Of Carmeana, the de facto unit of currency is the frequent-flyer mile.
  • Dragon Age uses sovereigns.
  • The Elder Scrolls use gold coins officially called "Septims" after the imperial dynasty, but frequently called "drakes" after the symbol on one side.
  • While set pretty much in the real world, Endless Ocean Blue World uses the Pelago (P), same as the name of the commonwealth Nineball Island is in. To give you an idea of value, jukeboxes cost 200P, hammocks cost 440, haircuts are 1000 each, guitars cost 1900, swimwear runs you from 1200 to 3200, and telescopes cost 4700.
  • Exit Fate has the arn.
  • Fallout most prominently uses caps (literally old Nuka-Cola bottle caps, backed by the water merchants of The Hub) as their post-apocalyptic currency, but the New California Republic also produces NCR dollars (gold coins in Fallout 2 and heavily devalued paper money in New Vegas). The Legion produces their own money, but it's directly based on two Ancient Roman coins: the aureus and denarius.
  • The Final Fantasy franchise uses gil, in one of the most recognizable instances of this trope. The earliest Western translations instead used gold (G), but have stuck with the original "gil" for all releases since Final Fantasy VII.
  • FusionFall uses taro.
  • The Freddi Fish series has purple sea urchins. There are at least five variations, all of which are more valuable: red sea urchins (worth two purple ones), blue sea urchins (worth three purple ones), gold sea urchins (worth four purple ones), and orange sea urchins (worth more than four purple ones; exact value unknown). There's also a mention in the fourth game of Gill owing a loan shark twenty clams; the significance of this debt implies that a clam is worth more than any sea urchin seen in the series.
  • In Halo, the Covenant's main form of currency is called "gekz", as first revealed in Halo: Mortal Dictata.
  • While the Kingdom Hearts games take a lot of elements from the above Final Fantasy series, they use munny instead gil. Its name likely a take off of "Hunny" spelling in Winnie the Pooh. Strangely enough, instead of coins, it takes the forms of yellow octahedrons. The opening of Kingdom Hearts II suggests it's equivalent to the Japanese Yen.
  • Kingdom of Loathing uses meat as currency, while precious metals are Vendor Trash.
  • Kiseki Series uses Mira.
  • Legend of Mana uses "lucre", but not the rest of the World of Mana.
  • The Legend of Zelda franchise similarly uses rupees, which is oddly enough a real currency (used by India), though no one's quite sure if it's supposed to be a reference to that or a pun on the word "rubies", since Zelda's rupees look rather like absurdly large gemstones.
  • In the Mario RPGs Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi, which feature Coins, as in the coins that float in the air in the platformers, and no, not coins of a currency; Coins are the currency (instead of dollars or yen or euros or whatever).
  • MOTHER 3 - Dragon Power
  • NeonXSZ uses grams of uranium as the currency. It is highly doubtful that it is actual uranium, given that the game takes place in cyberspace.
  • The Oddworld series has "Moolah," the standard currency of the Glukkons.
  • Phantasy Star uses meseta.
  • Pikmin 2 has the Poko as the currency of the planet Hocotate.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Western translations use "Pokémon Dollars" ("poké" or "pokéyen" in Fanon), the symbol of which looks like the yen symbol (¥) with the Y replaced by a P. The Japanese version just uses yen, (even in regions based on New York and France), which is why costs and payouts appear so oddly high to non-Japanese players.
    • The Pokéwalker, a pedometer device released for the Pokémon games Heart Gold and Soul Silver, where you carry around a party of Pokémon whilst walking through different areas where you can find Pokémon to battle and gain exp and happiness, use the currency 'Watts' one of which is gained/'charged' for every 20 steps you take (cleverly the amount of steps needed to burn 1 calorie), or from Pokémon (depending on its happiness level) periodically , it can be used for the (mini-version) PokéRadar and the Dowsing Machine or to buy new areas or routes each with different Pokémon to battle with.
  • Ratchet & Clank allows you to buy an array of weapons with bolts as a main feature.
  • SaGa 2 uses Kero
  • Shin Megami Tensei
    • The series, save for the Persona subseries, uses macca. It has some relevance as a power source for demons.
      • It's not really until Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey that the idea of macca being a "power source" really took hold (though little-known spinoff Devil Children established demons could eat it). That explanation was used to justify purchasing items from the Matter Replicator with demon money. Earlier games had a third "currency" called Magnetite (not the same as the real mineral) which was a mystical substance found in living things that demons needed to incarnate in the human world - summoning your demons cost you Magnetite, as did keeping them around. You could gather it from slain demons, and demons could also feed their need by eating humans, the most abundant natural source of Magnetite in the real world.
    • Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE has certain areas that use other currencies beyond macca. Ikebukuro, for example, uses kreuz.
  • Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri: Money is simply called Energy, and it is gained from energy producing facilities, or power plants.
  • Sierra has this in several of their "Quest" series.
  • SimCity and The Sims both use the simoleon as their currency. In Sim City 2000, the currency symbol was just a $, but starting with Sim City 3000 the currency sign for the simoleon became a section sign (§). In real life, "simoleon" is an old-fashioned slang term for a dollar.
  • The iPod tactical game Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes uses Luna.
  • Spore: The cell and creature stages use DNA points as currency, the tribal stage use food, and the civilization and space ages use Sporebucks symbolized with a §.
  • Starflight uses a currency called Monetary Units, the sequel uses a currency called Shyneum Pennies.
  • Star Ocean uses Fol.
  • Suikoden games' currency is the potch.
  • Tales Series uses Gald.
  • Ultima:
    • The games usually have gold coins, but Ultima VII Part II takes place on another continent, where three city states have different coinage each. Warlike Monitor uses monetari (huge golden coins), beauty-fixated Fawn uses filari (small gems encased in glass), and magical Moonshade uses guilders (enchanted glowing chips). The exchange rates are fixed, but different moneychangers take different fee for exchange.
    • Ultima VIII, which takes place on another world, uses obsidian coins.
  • Vampires Dawn has Filar. You need to sell silver or items in order to get them though.
  • Vangers has beebs, which are not coins, but four-legged insects. They are gathered by crushing them.
  • The various Infocom text-adventure Zork games have zorkmids. Later used in NetHack as a homage.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Fire Nation in Avatar: The Last Airbender uses a currency called "Bǎn". The Gaang carries mostly Water Tribe money (never named), which is accepted in some parts of the Earth Kingdom, but not all (this gets them into a tight spot). The United Republic in The Legend of Korra uses Yuans.
  • Chowder has dollops.
  • Dave the Barbarian has dreckles.
  • The Flintstones has clams. Which are usually literal clams. (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters did the same thing in one episode.)
  • In Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch, Sand Dollars actually pass off as currency.
  • In one episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Harvey, representing The Jetsons in their lawsuit against the Earth of the past, is puzzled when they ask for their monetary damages in 'griznaks'.
  • The currency on Invader Zim — seemingly both on Earth and in the Irken empire — is "moneys", as in "that costs six moneys."
  • Various incarnations of My Little Pony franchise have had their own currencies:
  • Ozzy and Drix use Carbohydrates as money.
  • Rick and Morty, Rick and Morty's universe has several. In the giant universe, schmeckles are used(Rick has no knowledge of how much they're worth). In one of the alternative dimensions on Interdimensional Cable, rapples are used(and apparently have several designs, despite apparently being the same worth). In the main universe, it seems that flurbos are used, as Krombopulos Michael pays Rick in flurbos for weaponry.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: several of the kingdoms in "Fractured Fairy Tales" stories use either Pazuzas or Gold Grickles.
  • South Park: Canadough Canadian Coins virtual currency for the Terrance and Phillip Give Us Your Money Mobile Game.
  • Team Umizoomi has Umi Dollars/Umi Cents.
  • Tripping the Rift has kronigs.


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