Fascinating Fictional Currency: Money that’s literally out of this world
In these ever tough economic times, we hear lots of talk about how there are no real jobs, how it's hard to make real money, whether we can expect a rise in real incomes and so on. Well, here’s a look at money that doesn’t even pretend to be real.
In the Star Trek universe, Federation credits are mentioned a few times as a unit of currency, but never actually seen. Sometimes it’s inferred that money itself is no longer used in the bright future overseen by the United Federation of Planets. On other occasions, some goods and services are said to cost a certain number of credits, while some alien planets seem to have their own monetary systems. Here’s an artist impression of what Federation currency might look like:
In the Star Wars franchise, a standard galactic unit called the Credit is used to oil the wheels of commerce and smooth the path of interplanetary trade. Some of these coins are from the Star Wars version of the Monopoly board game. Designs feature images, names, characters and even alphabets used in the Star Wars universe and it’s implied that some coins bear the language, name and symbols of the planet where they’re minted.
Here’s the reverse sides of the unum (one) silver sickle and unum (one) golden galleon and the obverse of the copper unum (one) knut. These imitation coins from the world of Harry Potter are created for sale to fans and coin collectors (these images copyright Chards, used by permission):
From the fantasy world portrayed in Lord of the Rings, these coins are from Mordor (Mordaur), stronghold of the dark lord, Sauron and the location of Mount Doom, where the rings of power were originally forged and where Frodo must take the ring to be destroyed forever:
Or how about this King Arthur currency? These coins are based on the era Arthur is believed to have inhabited, in the fifth or sixth centuries. Since this was just after the end of Roman rule in Britain, the coin has Latin inscriptions and is in a late Roman style:
Among conspiracy theories in recent times, stories circulated that a new US dollar was to be created, with the existing currency devalued and replaced. No truth to the stories in the end, but it did lead to some interesting creations, such as this one for a design contest:
And finally, the Land of Penguins is an imaginary country where most of the citizens are indeed penguins. Not exactly sure how they use their flippers to buy and sell using this very nicely designed paper money though? -
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