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Federation Credit

In these ever tougher economic times, we hear lots of talk about how there are no real jobs, how its 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.


Mr. Spock’s home planet of Vulcan is of course a leading member of the Federation. This coin honors Surak, the planet’s legendary peacemaker.

Blood of Surak Coins


Kayless is the cultural hero of the Klingon Empire, commemorated here on his own coin.

Kayless Empire Coins


Hollywood would have us believe that money was also in daily use in the distant past. This is shell money as used in the Flintstones movie.

The Flinstones Clams Money


Here are some coins from the Harry Potter universe, courtesy of Gringotts Bank.

Harry Potter Money


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.

Harry Potter Silver Sickle Copper Knut Gold Galleon


These imitation coins from the world of Harry Potter are created for sale to fans and coin collectors.

Here’s a very nicely designed fictional coin set.


These coins are designed for the card game Cinque and feature Galileo, Lorenzo de Medici, Romulus and Remus and Bacchus by Michaelangelo.


This imaginary money is from 2000 movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas.


Not used in the series itself, but still a nice tribute to the cult sixties TV show The Prisoner.


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.


For Dr. Who fans, here’s a banknote inspired by the TV series.


And this one features Dr. Who’s David Tennant himself.


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?


So there you are, a look at money that truly is out of this world. Check back here for Part Two, coming soon, right here.

About the Author

Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask and The Time Camera, plus many non-fiction books and articles.

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