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The currency in the Fallout world varies from area to area and even faction to faction.

Pre-War moneyEdit

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Pre-War money was the currency of the United States of America before the Great War. Despite its former status, no contemporary individuals or organizations use pre-War money as a form of currency, treating it as a low-value collectible item instead. Since the holograms at the Sierra Madre Casino were programmed before the war, they still use pre-War money as their primary basis of exchange.

Bottle capsEdit

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In New California, the relative scarcity of bottle caps made them a perfect currency for Hub merchants to adopt in the 22nd century, leading to the nickname "Hubbucks" and "Hubscript." Backed by the value of water, the Hub merchants supported bottle caps because the technology to manufacture them and paint their surfaces had been mostly lost in the Great War, which limited any counterfeiting efforts.[1] Secondly, there are a limited number of bottle caps, which preserve their value against inflation to some degree.[2] These factors led to their adoption by Hub merchants in New California as common unit of exchange, backed by water.[3] The adoption took place rapidly, as within ten years of Hub's founding in 2093,[4] caps became the standard currency of the wasteland.[5]

For similar reasons the East Coast merchants also recognize bottle caps as a currency. Their earliest recorded use by survivors originates in Appalachia as of 2096. An advertising campaign Nuka-Cola was testing out allowed exchange of bottle caps with robotic vendors at the Whitespring Resort[6]

While becoming the standard currency for Hub merchants in the 22nd century, by the mid-23rd century bottle caps were replaced by New California Republic (NCR) dollars, which were backed by gold.[7] Caps would once again become a regularly-used currency after the destruction of NCR's gold reserves by the Brotherhood of Steel destabilized the value of the dollar.

By the late-23rd century, the presence of Caesar's Legion (who have their own currency) and the low value of the NCR dollar caused bottle caps to re-emerge as the standard currency of the Mojave Wasteland in 2281. Nevertheless, NCR and Legion currency are both considered legal tender by the various caravan companies and on the New Vegas Strip. Mojave merchants also accept nonstandard variants, such as Sunset Sarsaparilla bottle caps.

NCR dollarsEdit

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The NCR introduced its own money around the turn of the 23rd century and initially it relied on coins minted from gold. By 2241, the economy of the NCR dominated the West Coast and coins became universal currency, used by the three big powers: the NCR, Vault City and New Reno. During this time, bottle caps had become worthless in these regions.

For a while, the gold in Redding backed the NCR currency. However, by 2281, the gold had been targeted and destroyed during the NCR-Brotherhood War. As a result, the currency has become severely devalued, with a hundred-dollar bill valued at around 40 caps, even in NCR territory or shops. This means that the exchange rate for NCR currency to bottle caps is about 2 bottle caps to 5 NCR dollars. Its form had also changed: instead of minted coins, the NCR issues banknotes, similar to pre-War money.[8] In the Mojave Wasteland, these notes can be seen in the $5, $20, and $100 denominations.

The notes are issued by the Republic Reserve, located in Angel's Boneyard. In 2281, the current Treasurer of the Republic and head of the Republic Reserve is John Michael Henderton; his signature can be found on the front face of all NCR notes found in the Mojave Wasteland.

Mine scripsEdit

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The town of Redding uses Morningstar mine scrips and Kokoweef mine scrips as secondary currency, supplementing NCR dollars.

Legion moneyEdit

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Caesar's Legion uses two old forms of currency which were also used in Roman times. They are minted by the Legion from scavenged[9] silver and gold, with each coin bearing the profile of Caesar. Despite Caesar's poor relations with the other factions in New Vegas, Legion currency is still accepted as payment in the Mojave Wasteland, owing to the high level of trade with the Legion and the safety of its territory for caravans.[10] [11] The exchange rate is 4 bottle caps to 1 Denarius, and 100 bottle caps to 1 Aureus.

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The denarius (silver), which bears an image of a younger Caesar on the obverse and Caesar, Joshua Graham and Bill Calhoun on the reverse. The inscriptions are in Latin, "Caesar Dictator" meaning "Dictator Caesar" or "Absolute Ruler Caesar" on the front and "Magnum Chasma" meaning "Great Abyss" or "Great Fissure" on the back, referring to the Grand Canyon. The symbolism is simple - the denarius commemorates young Caesar's journey to the Canyon and his first victories as a dictator of the Grand Canyon tribes.

FNV Legion golden coin

The aureus (gold), which bears the portrait of the older Caesar on one side and the symbol of the 10th Legion (the bull) on the other. The inscriptions are in Latin, "Aeternit Imperi" meaning "For the eternity of the empire" on the front and "Pax Per Bellum" meaning "Peace through War" on the back.

Legendary scripEdit

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Legendary scrip is found only in Appalachia and is obtained by trading legendary items to legendary exchange machines. They are only accepted as legal tender by Purveyor Murmrgh who will trade mystery legendary weapons and armor in exchange.

Brotherhood scripsEdit

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Brotherhood scrip is a currency used only by the Brotherhood of Steel for trade within the Brotherhood. Brotherhood traders accept only this currency with the exception of some outsider traders that are present in most bases and accept ring pulls.

Ring pullsEdit

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Ring pulls are used as currency by people in the area of Chicago. They are pull-tabs from soda cans. Ring pulls can be found all over the settlements in early missions and traders will accept them. There are usually some outsider traders in Brotherhood bases who will accept ring pulls as well.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Courier: "What makes a bottle cap genuine?"
    Alice McLafferty: "Lots of little things - the paint on the label, the machining, the type of metal it's made from. I know there's counterfeit caps floating around, of course. Fortunately, they're very time-consuming to make, so the numbers are small."
    (AliceMcLafferty.txt)
  2. Pressing Matters
  3. The Vault Dweller: "{134}{}{Tell me more about bartering.}"
    Katrina: "{139}{}{Bartering is the exchange of goods. You give me some items, and I give you items in trade. Since you initiated the barter, I will let you pick and choose what you want. But the deal must be one that I think I will like, so you will probably want to give me more valuable goods that you don't need in exchange for less expensive things that you want. And if you don't have enough items to trade, there are always caps. Bottle caps are the only common money found out here. The caps are backed by the merchants of the Hub, so you can trade them anywhere.}"
    (SSGUIDE.MSG)
  4. Fallout Bible 0: "2093 The Hub is founded by a man named Angus, who sets up camp around a filthy oasis in the desert, and he proceeds to begin trading with other settlements."
  5. Fallout Bible 0: "2102 May 22 Increasing mutant attacks on Harold's caravans cause Harold to get so pissed he finances one of the first adventuring parties of Fallout to try and find out where these dagnab mutants are coming from. Consulting with a scientist and doctor at the Hub, a man by the name of Grey, the two of them decide to join forces."
    "2102 June 23 Richard Grey's Expedition [including Harold] finds the Mariposa Military Base and the Expedition is scattered and defeated by mutants at the base. Grey is knocked into one of the vats of FEV by a robotic arm, and Harold is knocked unconscious, only to awaken later out in the wasteland."
    "2102 June 27 Harold, already mutating, is found by traders and taken back to the Hub. His former caravan partners and employees, horrified by his condition, abandon him and he is soon left without even two bottlecaps to rub together."
  6. The Whitespring Resort terminal entries#Staff Bulletin, October 2077
  7. Fallout 2
  8. J.E. Sawyer "And this is discussed in-game: BoS raided NCR's gold reserves until NCR could no longer generate gold coinage nor back their paper money. They abandoned the gold standard and established fiat currency, which is why its value is inflated over both caps and (especially) Legion coinage."
  9. "Gold and silver have low melting points. They don't need to mine for it if they find it in some other form." - J.E. Sawyer, src
  10. Dale Barton: Hell, I don't even need to travel with guards most of the time in Legion territory. All the bandits are dead or run off.
  11. Rose of Sharon Cassidy: Some caravans deal with the Legion now because the security. If towns could get the same protection? A lot more tempting than you'd think. Bunch of people would be willing to side with the Legion to not have to worry about Fiends and Boomers and Powder Ganger attacks.
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