For the overview of all forms of currency, see currency.
Gameplay articles
Fallout 3Pre-War money
Fallout: New VegasPre-War money
Fallout 4Pre-War money
Fallout 76Pre-War money
Fallout ShelterCut content Pre-War money
This is an overview article, focusing on background information and cross-game comparisons.
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The United States dollar,[1] commonly called pre-War money, was the official currency of the United States of America before the Great War. They appear as a bound stack of banknotes in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and Fallout Shelter.

Background

United States dollars (USD) were the pre-War currency of the United States of America.[2][3] Pre-War money appears as a bound stack of banknotes, and is used to represent undisclosed large sums of cash.[4][5] Although the United States and its economy were eliminated in the Great War, automated pre-War vendors continued to recognize the validity of the dollar.[6][Fallout 2d20 1] Outside of this limited usage, pre-War money is seen as worthless (in terms of currency) by people of the wasteland, though it still has value as kindling.[7]

Various coin denominations, such as pennies, dimes, and quarters, are mentioned throughout the games via dialogue and text, such as a 50-cent cost printed on the front of pay phones and 25-cent cost on the magazine vending machines. $20 bills appear most prominently in the games, while $100 bills are also referenced.[8][9]

Prices throughout the series

Throughout the wastelands, pre-War cost of various products, including foodstuffs, vehicles, literature, and entertainment, are shown.

Value of the dollar
Item Price Games Refs
Corvega Coupe $199,999.99 Fallout [10]
Vault 13 construction costs $400 billion (projected)
$645 billion (actual)
Fallout [11]
Calculator's backup systems in Vault 0 $24 billion
$2.3 billion (after cuts)
Fallout Tactics [12]
Vault 0 leisure amenities $12.4 billion Fallout Tactics [12]
Gasoline per gallon $7450.99 (regular)
$8500.99 (premium)
Fallout Tactics [13]
Giddyup Buttercup $16,000 Fallout 3 [14]
Pulowski Preservation shelter Approx. $1.50 per use ($0.25 in concept art) Fallout 3 [15]
Violation of the New Amended Espionage Act $500.00 Fallout 3 [16]
Capitol Post newspaper $56.00 Fallout 3 [17]
D.C. Journal of Internal Medicine $48.00 Fallout 3 [18]
Big Ranch Nevada State Lotto Jackpot $11,000,000.00 Fallout: New Vegas [19]
Sierra Madre Casino & Resort chip (1) $100.00 Dead Money [20]
Astoundingly Awesome Tales $29.00 per issue Fallout 4 [21]
Boston Bugle $56.00 per issue Fallout 4 [22]
Boylston Club annual membership fee $500,000 Fallout 4 [23]
Vehicle coolant from a Red Rocket station $103.99 (Class A coolant)
$113.99 (Class C coolant)
Fallout 4
Fallout 76
[24]
General Atomics Galleria bowling $5,000.00 per game Fallout 4 [25]
Grognak the Barbarian $23.00 per issue Fallout 4 [26]
Guns and Bullets $33.00 per issue Fallout 4 [27]
Hot Rodder $35.00 per issue Fallout 4 [28]
Joe's Spuckies Meatball Spuckie/Large Tonic special $55.00 Fallout 4 [29]
La Coiffe $43.00 per issue Fallout 4 [30]
Live & Love $39.00 per issue Fallout 4 [31]
Pay phone use $0.50 per call, $0.25 for emergency calls Fallout 4 -
Picket Fences $32.99 per issue Fallout 4 [32]
RobCo Fun $40.00 per issue Fallout 4 [33]
Slocum's Joe large coffee/jelly donut special $30.00 Fallout 4 [34]
Tesla Science Magazine $35.00 per issue Fallout 4 [35]
Unstoppables $15.00 per issue Fallout 4 [36]
Bio med gel Approx. $1,000.00 per pint Automatron [37]
Harbor Grand Hotel $118,764.32 per night (including tax/fees) Far Harbor [38]
Cappy ashtray Small: $20.00, Large: $30.00 Nuka-World [39]
Cappy's Candy Cigarettes $5.00 per pack Nuka-World [39]
Slocum's Joe donuts $22.00 each, $200.00 per dozen Creation Club [40]
Slocum's Joe coffee Single espresso: $12.00, Large coffee: $15.00, Cappuccino: $17.00, Double espresso: $18.00 Creation Club [40]
Potential fine for improper Watoga Emergency Services report filing $1,000.00 Fallout 76 [41][42][43]
West Virginia "Lucky Hits!" Lottery Company Jackpot $300,000.00 Fallout 76 [44]
Great Appalachian Sweepstakes 2nd Prize $100,000.00 Fallout 76 [4]
Watoga Estates price listing $134,000.00 Fallout 76 [45]
Cranberry Heights price listing $220,000.00 Fallout 76 [46]
Rockwell Clearing House cash prize $100,000,000.00 Fallout 76 [47]
Slocum's Joe coffee $28.00 Fallout 76 [48]
Newspaper $1.00, Monday - Friday Fallout 76 [49]
West Virginia "Lucky Hits!" Lottery Company lottery ticket $5.00 Steel Dawn [50]

Variants

Green seal

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Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

A stack of pre-War bills, bound with a green band.

Red seal

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Gameplay articles: Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Fallout Shelter

A stack of pre-War $20 bills, bound with a red band.

Notes

References

  1. Pioneer Scout camp terminal entries; Pioneer badge exam terminal: Atomics Fan
  2. The Courier: "I have a right to know more."
    Robert House: "That's simply not true. I am the only person to hold any rights pertaining to the Chip. I designed it, and I paid for it - dearly. To develop that Chip, I spent a sum of U.S. dollars - not the bottle caps that pass as currency these days - but a sum beyond counting. For decades, I paid salvagers to comb the ruins for it. And when it was finally discovered, tens of thousands of caps spent to have it brought here. We know how that turned out. Complete your contract and it will be the last time I pay for the Chip. Save your questions for then."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  3. Presidential sub level terminal entries; Maintenance Department terminal, Log Entry AK197872
  4. 4.0 4.1 G.A.S. prize certificate; second prize
    Note: 50 pre-War money is given to the player character by the Mr. Prize-bot in this random encounter. As the grand prize is $100,000, this would indicate each stack represents $2000.
  5. Skylanes smuggling manifest
    Note: The hidden compartments in the Skylanes flights both contain 25 pre-War money. As the cargo is described as containing $2500, this would indicate each stack represents $1000.
  6. In-game vendors that accept pre-War money, such as those seen in the Sierra Madre casino or the Nuka-World amusement park.
  7. Scavenger: "Damn, no caps! Looks like there is almost 200 dollars in here though. I guess it'll make good kindling."
  8. High-resolution textures for Fallout 4 identify the banknotes as $20 bills. The strap is placed over the portrait, but the design of the bill is a combination of the 1928 $20 small-size Federal Reserve Note (general design) and 1914 $20 Federal Reserve Note (red seal).
  9. Thoughts of the day
  10. Fallout intro
  11. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.1–1: Important Vault statistics
  12. 12.0 12.1 MIS 24 Speech.txt
  13. Fallout Tactics gas sign
  14. Giddyup Buttercup poster
  15. Coin chute on model
  16. Tenpenny Tower terminal entries; DCTA Emergency Access terminal
  17. File:Fo3 Loading 9.png
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    File:Fo3 Loading 11.png
  18. File:Fo3 Loading 23.png
  19. Big Ranch lotto billboard
  20. The Courier: "Uh... 1 Chip for 1 Pre-War Bill."
    Hologram vendor: "[You place the bill on the counter. A panel rotates, and the bill is replaced with a single Sierra Madre Chip.]"
    (Hologram vendor's dialogue)
  21. File:Astoundingly Awesome Tales collage.png
  22. Boston Bugle volume 12
  23. Boylston Club terminal entries; Boylston Club terminal, Membership Policy
  24. Fallout 4 and 76 Red Rocket coolant price sign
  25. Tenpin: "Here to bowl? Just five thousand dollars a game!"
    (Tenpin's dialogue)
  26. Grognak the Barbarian covers
  27. Guns and Bullets covers
  28. Hot Rodder covers
  29. Joes Spuckies poster
  30. La Coiffe cover
  31. Live & Love covers
  32. Picket Fences cover
  33. RobCo Fun cover
  34. Slocum's Joe large coffee/jelly donut special poster
  35. Tesla Science Magazine covers
  36. Unstoppables cover
  37. RobCo Sales & Service Center terminal entries; Div03-BE-0112
  38. Harbor Grand Hotel terminal entries; View Bill
  39. 39.0 39.1 Bradberton terminal entries; New Products!
  40. 40.0 40.1 Slocum's Joe Menu prices
  41. Watoga Emergency Services terminal entries; File Police Report
  42. Watoga Emergency Services terminal entries; File Medical Report
  43. Watoga Emergency Services terminal entries; File Fire Report
  44. Lucky Hits! lottery recording
  45. Watoga Estates price listing
  46. Cranberry Heights price listing
  47. Junk mail
  48. Slocum Woes
  49. News stand
  50. Lottery ticket
  51. Lone Wanderer: "I have a collection of pennies with Lincoln's face on them."
    Hannibal Hamlin: "I suppose these have some small value to the faithful. I'll give you 15 caps for it."
    (Hannibal Hamlin's dialogue)
Fallout 2d20
  1. Fallout 2d20 Rulebook p.84: "Pre-War money can still be found, but it’s more of a novelty or collector’s item these days. Those stacks and bundles of green banknotes can be traded for a tidy little stack of caps if you know who to sell them to, and there are a few places— often with still-functioning vending machines— which still accept these old notes as money."
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