|For an overview of pre-War money, see Pre-War money.|
United States dollars (USD) were the pre-War currency of the United States of America. Pre-War money appears as a bound stack of banknotes, and is used to represent undisclosed large sums of cash. 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.[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.
An ancient currency, the pre-War money is not officially in use anymore as legal tender. It can either be broken down for cloth or sold to vendors. However as it has zero carry weight, it can serve as a kind of alternative currency for trading with vendors.
Pre-War money (1)
- 20 bundles in Bridgeway Trust.
- 21 in Valenti station.
- 20 in Bridgeway Trust.
- 19 in Kendall Hospital.
- 14 in Wattz Consumer Electronics.
- 11 in Vault 114.
- 93 in the Commonwealth Bank.
- Found in various cash registers throughout the Commonwealth.
- Cliff's Edge Hotel. 40 in the
- Brain Dead. As much as 1100 can be obtained from the quest
The following containers have confirmed fixed significant quantities:
- 100 in the duffle bag below the collapsed wall of the bank at Lexington.
- 100 in the safe at Slocum's Joe Corporate HQ.
- 20 in the safe at Easy City Downs, behind the cash registers in the main entrance.
- Pre-War money can also be used in the Junk Jet as ammunition.
- Pre-War money can be used at Back Alley Bowling at the General Atomics Galleria, but the $5,000 entrance fee serves no purpose.
- Pre-War money can be used in the Nuka-Cade at Nuka-World, to be exchanged for 3 Nuka-Cade tokens.
- Because of the value of pre-War money being eight and the value of 3 Nuka-Cade tokens being 9, the player character can use this to increase the output of caps by 1 for each pre-War money.
Behind the scenes
Pre-War money may have been based upon the $20 U.S. "Technicolor" Gold certificate, due to similarities in design.
- 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)
- Presidential sub level terminal entries; Maintenance Department terminal, Log Entry AK197872
- 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.
- 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.
- In-game vendors that accept pre-War money, such as those seen in the Sierra Madre casino or the Nuka-World amusement park.
- Scavenger: "Damn, no caps! Looks like there is almost 200 dollars in here though. I guess it'll make good kindling."
- Confirmed fixed items in Creation Kit.
- 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."