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There's an interesting exchange in The Phantom Menace:

Qui-Gon and Watto

QUI-GON: I have 20,000 Republic dataries.

WATTO: Republic credits?! Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real...

Watto's response indicates that he recognizes these as credits, but as far as I know, Republic credits are only ever referred to as "credits" throughout the rest of the film series, TV series, and EU/Legends material. The only real-world meaning for "datary" that I could find is "an official of the Roman Curia who added dates to papal letters" (source), so it doesn't seem to be a use of a real-world generic term for money.

Are "dataries" ever referred to anywhere else in Star Wars, and if so, is it just a synonym for "credits"? EU/Legends answers will do fine.

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    I would hazard a guess that a datary is something like a cashier's or traveler's cheque, a way of giving someone money (in this case Republic credits) without actually having to carry cash around. – Harry Johnston Apr 17 '18 at 22:19
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    Oh, so that's how it's spelled. In the film it's pronounced more like "dietaries." – ApproachingDarknessFish Apr 17 '18 at 22:32
  • @ApproachingDarknessFish lol imagine the possibilities. Me: Yes, of course. I'll buy that ship for 100,000 dietaries. RANDOM SHIP TRADER: WHAT?!?!?! HOW MANY DIET PACKS DO YOU THINK I NEED?!?!?!?!?!!? I AM NOT FAT! GET OUT! GET OUT! Me: Umm... RANDOM SHIP TRADER: YOU GET OUT NOW – Darth Vader Apr 19 '18 at 12:55
  • Why does he pronounce it dah-TAIR-ees, not DAY-tar-ees? – jtheletter May 12 at 1:45
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Jas Emari (in the canon novel Star Wars: Aftermath) refers to the Republic's currency as dataries.

And with it, her breath catches in her chest. She feels like someone who has dug a hole in their backyard only to find a trunk full of Old Republic dataries—a box of unexpected treasure.

There's no real indication that it's anything other than a synonym for 'Credits'.


Within the Legends (EU) novels, there's a few mentions;

“Precisely. We’ll have to have the aurodium converted to Republic dataries, even though that will require some time.” Palpatine fell silent for a moment, then said, “May I suggest that one of my aides help you set up a special account with a bank on an outlying world that won’t ask questions about the origin of the ingots. Once the aurodium is safely deposited there, you’ll be able to transfer funds through the InterGalactic Bank, and draw against the account in the form of Republic credits.” Havac clearly liked the idea. “I know you’ll put the funds to the best possible use.”

Star Wars: Cloak of Deception

and

He passed encampments of beggars, and bright-colored tents where gamblers sat and beckoned him to come inside. He saw a troop of fire-talkers, and a trio of Gamorrean guards who took turns bashing each other with a club. Weather-beaten water prospectors pushed their way to the arena, eager to gamble away what little wealth they had. Vendors sold water in small containers.
“Only ten dataries!” one called to Boba. “Cheapest price at the arena!”
“No thanks,” muttered Boba. His tongue felt like a rock in his mouth, swollen and dry.
He’d better earn some credits soon. Really soon.

Star Wars: Boba Fett - Hunted

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It's highly unlikely in other canon, as saying a credit is more well known and just easier to say/relate too. In EU, most likely as an author can do whatever he/she wishes. And you gotta remember, this is Star Wars, the designers and writers made up/assigned names or words for things on the fly.

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