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Questions tagged [money]

This tag is for questions about how money is used in-universe in a work of science fiction or fantasy.

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Where did the idea of using bottle caps as money come from?

Being a fan of both the DuckTales and the Fallout series, I have only recently noticed that in the former there was an episode The Land of Trala La where the main characters introduce a concept of ...
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What money is used on Tatooine? [duplicate]

If Republic credits are no good, what is used for or what is money called on Tatooine? Water would be an obvious currency but some form of 'cash' is seen being used.
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What is one Galactic Credit worth?

I am doing a project for school and was wondering what Star Wars credits are worth. I've found out what it would cost to fill up the Millennium Falcon but that doesn't help me to estimate what the ...
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Time as money movie

I'm looking for the name of a short black and white movie in which people were given an allotted amount of time at birth, and used that time to buy things. For example, a can of beans in the store ...
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Does the wizarding world have a concept of loans?

As we see there's Gringotts bank in London. There may also be one in Egypt (This is my assumption as Bill Weasley was sent to Egypt and as he worked with Gringotts, I assume they do have some branches ...
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Can currency in the Wizarding World be melted down?

In the Wizarding World, there are bronze Knuts, silver Sickles, and gold Galleons. Can these coins be melted down into precious metals (thus a Galleon is literally worth its weight in gold, or ...
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What is the average wizard income in Harry Potter Britain?

Inspired by this question. In the books, we only see prices for various items in Wizard money. But how much do the wizards earn? What is considered a 'rich wizard' or a 'poor wizard' in terms of ...
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How much do Aurors earn? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, we only know 2 children of Aurors, namely Harry and Neville. We know that Harry borders on obscenely rich, is there any evidence that Neville is similar? Or is Harry's fortune, to ...
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What currency does the galaxy deal in besides credits?

In APM and the Clone Wars series, among other media, there are frequent instances where Republic credits are not accepted. These are typically places outside of the Republic and especially in the ...
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Why do they still use gold dragons as the currency in Westeros? [duplicate]

So I assume the Targaryens created the golden dragons when they united the seven kingdoms. I assume it's named after their sigil, and the silver stags after house Baratheon. With Robert Baratheon ...
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In the absence of money, what motivated the crew of the TNG Enterprise to play poker? [duplicate]

Playing poker with and without money is very different. With money bets, people can get scared off when the bets get big and that is when a 'poker face' matters. Without money bets, there is little ...
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How do employees of the Ministry of Magic get paid?

Like Muggles, wizards do have to work or have some other source of income (family money, like the Potters and Malfoys). And every time we see a business transaction in the HP wizarding world, we see ...
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Can somebody share the whole conversation between Bill Weasley and HP about Goblins? [closed]

Can somebody share the whole conversation between Bill Weasley and Harry Potter about Goblins. The conversation happens after Dobby the free Elf is killed; HP buries him with his own hands and goes to ...
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Why do the Weasleys go to Egypt twice in the same year?

During Christmas in Harry's second year Mr and Mrs Weasley embark on a cross-continental trip to visit Bill in Egypt. Harry found it peaceful, rather than gloomy, and enjoyed the fact that he, ...
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How do the Federation humans pay for drinks at Quark's bar given that humans have no money? [duplicate]

In the DS9 episode "In the Cards", when Jake wants to acquire a baseball card: JAKE: I'm Human, I don't have any money. NOG: It's not my fault that your species decided to abandon currency-...
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How does the Federation conduct trade with the other species given that money no longer exist in the Federation economy?

Nobody works for a living in the Star Trek Federation since the concept of money does not exist. Without money as a medium of exchange, how does the Federation conduct trade with the other worlds? I ...
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What drives Ferengi to work so hard for money given that the technology required in a post-scarcity society is available? [duplicate]

Given the availability of replicators, why are Ferengis so hard up for money? What drives them to continue to work so hard for money when they don't have to? When it comes to humans, many would ...
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When did the writers of Star Trek decide the Federation doesn't use money?

As I watch old Star Trek episodes on H & I, I'm not sure what to make of Kirk's frequent references to money: is he being humorous or had the writers not yet decided the Federation doesn't use ...
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How the Magic World obtains their food?

Reading the question about Rich Wizards, Poor Muggles about wizard money and muggle money a contradiction about that came up in my head. In the answer of that question it was stated corectly that: ...
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Is there a canonical currency symbol for the Battletech C-Bill?

I'm building a web-page for my local Battletech group that includes tools to track our stable finances (we have a heavily homebrewed campaign set on the Solaris 7 Game world that we've been playing). ...
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Why couldn't wizards in the Harry Potter world create Muggle money and use it to buy gold? [duplicate]

It is well established that gold cannot be cloned (or transfigurated) permanently and that Goblins can easily detect all forms of counterfeit money. However, it seems that nothing would stop a wizard ...
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Why does no one take a fallen enemy's sword to sell it in Game of thrones?

Different characters say more than once that a sword forged in a castle is a pretty expensive thing. But nobody, even a totally broke person would loot a defeated enemy to take his weapon and sell it. ...
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Is there a subgenre of SF that revolves around finance & money? [closed]

William Gibson (in the Sprawl trilogy and the Blue Ant trilogy) and Neal Stephenson (in Cryptonomicon and Reamde (and, of course, the Baroque Cycle)) have both studied the world of money and finance ...
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How rich is Sirius Black?

So we already have answers on how rich Harry Potter is, but the answer (while good) doesn't touch on how rich he is from later books. My question is, how much did Sirius leave for Harry in terms of ...
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Were Clone Troopers paid or rewarded in any way for their service?

(Inspired by this question) On Coruscant, there existed at least one "Clone Bar", know as "79's". This bar was privately owned, so the clones presumably had to buy their own food and drink. This ...
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Is latinum a galactic currency?

In DS9 The Search, Quark explains to Cpt Sisko that's he trusts he'll be safe booking passage back to the Alpha Quadrant from Karemma, because He [Ornithar] may serve the Dominion, but I'm the one ...
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What does Boba Fett spend his money on?

Bounty-hunting is a high-risk/high-reward profession. Boba Fett regularly risks his life in combat situations, in return for a lot of money. Besides necessities, what does Boba Fett spend his hard-...
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Is there a huge class gap in the Wizarding World?

In the Muggle world, there is a huge class gap between the poor and the rich. Sure, in the Wizarding world, you have poor families like the Weasleys and rich families like the Malfoys, but is there ...
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How did James Potter make his money? [duplicate]

James Potter was quite rich and Harry inherited it. According to the Dursleys though he "didn't work... he was unemployed". How did he get the money?
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Would Gringotts convert Wizard money to Muggle money?

The books make it clear that they offer the reverse service (see the following question: What Do the Gringotts Goblins Do With Muggle Money?). According to the canonical answer to that question, ...
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Star Wars: The Empire and Taxation

Recently, a friend and I were discussing the logic of the Death Star. The issue of price eventually came up. I stated that since the Empire had so many citizens, they would get massive amounts of tax ...
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How much money does Alfred Pennyworth earn?

Per Batman Wikia Alfred starts serving Waynes to honor the dying wish of his father and becomes Bruce's legal guardian following the deaths of his parents (Thomas and Martha left a will). Is ...
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What is latinum worth?

I'm wondering if we know what latinum can buy. Items like, for example, biomemetic gel, Romulan ale, stem bolts, or starships don't help us since they're not readily available on Amazon, as far as I ...
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Mistborn- Why make money out of metal?

My partner recently listened to the Mistborn Trilogy on tape, and I missed most of it, so forgive me if this question has an obvious answer. Most nobles carry as little metal as possible out of fear ...
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What is the historical origin of a “Silver Stag”? Why do Golden dragons remain in circulation after Robert's Rebellion?

In Westeros there are three coins: Copper Stars (The Seven-Pointed Star is the symbol of the Faith of the Seven.) Silver Stags (The Stag is the sigil of house Baratheon.) Gold Dragons (The Dragon is ...
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Is there any canon indication that Galleons and Sickles are actually made of pure Gold and Silver?

A large number of questions and discussions on Wizarding economy seem to take it for granted that Galleons and Sickles are made of pure Gold and Silver respectively, but is there actually any ...
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What is the bank system in Game of Thrones and why is it legitimate to exist?

Right now, I am in the beginning of the season 4. I haven't read the books themselves, but I understand that the series is pretty close to the original content. What makes me curious is the financial ...
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1st occurrence of digital-currency/bitcoin-like technology in scifi [duplicate]

this blog asserts the story "Spondulix" by Paul Di Filippo in Sept 1995 issue of Science Fiction Age is possibly the first appearance of a digital-currency/bitcoin-like technology in science fiction. ...
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Would a $ bill minted today be considered counterfeit in the past [closed]

Lets say I have a way to buy goods (say gold) from the past (say 30 years ago). I would like to take my new 100$ bill and buy the stuff, and then bring them back to the future (any movie references ...
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What do cultist characters in the H. P. Lovecraft mythos particularly value? [closed]

I'm designing a role playing game set in a Lovecraft-inspired world, and I need some kind of currency in it. The obvious one that comes to my mind is just gold, but since in rpgs atmosphere plays a ...
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Are groats defined in Game of Thrones?

Just moved on to Book 4 A Feast for Crows and found this word sticking out at me in a few chapters: Groat. It pops up twice in one chapter with Cersei saying something like "so-and-so is not worth ...
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What was the first science fiction work to use “credits” as currency?

I've only been able to trace it back to Asimov's "Foundation" series, first started in 1942. Anyone know if this trend of currency naming goes back any further?
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Does DS9's “Prodigal Daughter” imply that Trill is not a Federation world?

In DS9's "Prodigal Daughter", Morica Bilby is asking money of the Tigan family. As the Federation gave up on the concept of currency, does this imply that Trill is not a Federation world, hence its ...
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Are the wizard coins in the Harry Potter books international?

The Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts are described as the currency of wizards. I don't remember seeing anything about any other currency used by wizards. Is there such currency? Are Galleons, Sickles, and ...
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What is the reason for such a strange exchange rate in the wizard currency in Harry Potter?

There are 17 Sickles in a Galleon, and 29 Knuts in a Sickle. This seems very impractical, as both numbers are primes. It might be an out-of-universe parody of how old muggle money was divided before ...
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Why Did Gringotts Pay Out for Harry's Firebolt?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black anonymously sends Harry a Firebolt broom after the demise of Harry's Nimbus 2000 in the Whomping Willow. At the end of PoA, Sirius writes Harry a letter and ...
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In the movie “In Time”, has the currency always been “Time”?

In the movie In Time, almost everything revolves around time, in fact it's the primary form of currency. Was the world always this way, or was there once a monetary system similar to what we use? If ...
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A Starfleet officer walks into Quark's [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to reconcile the cashless Human\Federation society with human traders and merchants ...and tries to buy a drink. From You are Cordially Invited, Season 6, Episode 7: ...
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Plutonium in currency?

Trying to think of where I read this - there was a society that put actual plutonium in the coinage, as a means to encourage people not to be too greedy; if one hoarded too many coins, they'd go ...
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How much money did Harry Potter have?

So, we know Harry inherited his money from James. By descriptions from the books, it looks like he had enough money to spend during his school years with plenty to spare for later life. Is there an ...