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* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire'', shells are used as currency in the titular archipelago.



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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' has the Secret Seashells, of which there are 26 (in the original) or 50 (in the remake) in total, which you turn in at the Seashell Manor to get rewards.


Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], in many parts of the world, including North America, Africa, Oceania and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millennia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!

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Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], in many parts of the world, including North America, Africa, Oceania Oceania, Africa and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millennia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!


Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], in many parts of the world, including Africa, Oceania and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millennia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!

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Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], in many parts of the world, including North America, Africa, Oceania and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millennia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!

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* Catfish Carl's shop in ''VideoGame/{{Octogeddon}}'' uses clamshells as currency, probably as a reference to the aforementioned Fish Emporium.

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* In ''VideoGame/SquidInk'', the money you earn consists in seashells.



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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Predation}}'', many of the new nautil 'coins' are real nautilus shells, harvested, dried and preserved.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', a throwaway line implies Sheen tried to buy something at the local sweet store with seashells. They weren't accepted.


* The Winterfin tribe in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' values seashells above all other kinds of objects. So much that their currency is the Winterfin Clam.

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The Winterfin tribe in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Northrend values seashells above all other kinds of objects. So much that their currency is the Winterfin Clam.
** Murlocs in the Broken Isles can be pickpocketed by rogues. Where most humanoids yield gold for this skill, murlocs give Common Shore Shells.


* In ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'', shells are the cheapest type of "gemstone", almost not even worth carrying around. But if you can spare the inventory space, most merchants will buy them from you.

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* In ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'', shells are the cheapest type of "gemstone", almost not even worth carrying around. But if you can spare the inventory space, most merchants will buy them from you.



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* In ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'', shells are the cheapest type of "gemstone", almost not even worth carrying around. But if you can spare the inventory space, most merchants will buy them from you.


Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], in many parts of the world, including Africa, Oceania and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millenia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!

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Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], in many parts of the world, including Africa, Oceania and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millenia.millennia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!


Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], and those could be encoutered in almost the entire world.

These nacred currencies can be sometimes encoutered in fiction, typically in sea-related tribes. After all, mollusks (animals that make the shells) live in water, and look very precious, and as such they can make excellent replacement for the typical golden cash.

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Money hasn't always been golden coins and paper bills. History has seen many, varied currencies, and seashells were very popular choices. Some are really beautiful and look valuable enough. [[TruthInTelevision Entire civilizations have used seashells as their currency]], in many parts of the world, including Africa, Oceania and those could be encoutered in almost Asia. Notably, the entire world.

use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millenia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!

These nacred currencies can be sometimes encoutered encountered in fiction, typically in sea-related tribes. After all, mollusks (animals that make the shells) live in water, and look very precious, and as such they can make excellent replacement for the typical golden cash.




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* As mentioned in the description, this is ''definitely'' TruthInTelevision. Sea shells have been used as currency in many parts of the world, including Africa, Oceania and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millenia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!

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\n[[AC:RealLife]]\n\n* As mentioned in the description, this is ''definitely'' TruthInTelevision. Sea shells have been used as currency in many parts of the world, including Africa, Oceania and Asia. Notably, the use of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowry cowry shells]] as money in China can be dated back three millenia. The Chinese character for "money" even is a pictograph of a cowrie shell!----


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* Similarly to the ''Flintstones'' example below, the characters in ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' use clams as money. This is a literalized pun as "clam" was a standard slang term for "dollar" before the strip was created.

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* Similarly to the ''Flintstones'' example below, the The characters in ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' use clams as money. This is a literalized pun as "clam" was a standard slang term for "dollar" before the strip was created.

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* In the children's show ''WesternAnimation/HappyNessTheSecretOfTheLoch'', the nessies use seashells as currency. Considering they live in a [[FridgeLogic lake]] and not the sea, they'd be rare commodities, all right!

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* In the children's show ''WesternAnimation/HappyNessTheSecretOfTheLoch'', the nessies use seashells as currency. Considering they live in a [[FridgeLogic lake]] and not the sea, they'd be rare commodities, all right!



-->''Shiny shells were far more portable''
-->''Why not use them for what's affordable?''
-->''I'll give you this for that, that for this''
-->''With shiny shells why barter?''
-->''I'll give you this for that, that for this''
-->''Shelling out shells is smarter!''

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-->''Shiny -->Shiny shells were far more portable''
-->''Why
portable\\
Why
not use them for what's affordable?''
-->''I'll
affordable?\\
I'll
give you this for that, that for this''
-->''With
this\\
With
shiny shells why barter?''
-->''I'll
barter?\\
I'll
give you this for that, that for this''
-->''Shelling
this\\
Shelling
out shells is smarter!''
smarter!


* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the marine settlements of the West use cowry shells as currency (though, for portability's sake, they place them on strings).

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the marine settlements of the West use red cowry shells as currency (though, for portability's sake, they place them on strings).

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