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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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Why and how did the Star Trek Universe evolve to a cashless/commerce-less society?

I've always wondered this ... I recall fleeting references to the lack of a money system in TNG (something about abandoning the quest for material wealth), but was it ever explained why and how and ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why can latinum not be replicated?

According to Memory Alpha, Latinum cannot be replicated. What is the reason for that?
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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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How much do Aurors earn?

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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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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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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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 ...