What Does Star Wars Money Look Like?

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The other day, I watched A New Hope, and saw the scene where Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke hire Han Solo to fly them to Alderaan in the Millennium Falcon. They end up paying $17,000 in Star Wars money.

Not long after, I was remembering a scene in Return of the Jedi, where Princess Leia, dressed as a Bounty Hunter, bargains with Jabba the Hutt on a fair “reward” for capturing Chewbacca and Jabba and Leia agree on $35,000.

I got to thinking about it and while all these different transactions take place...and that’s not just the original trilogy, but the newer...and newest ones too...does it actually SHOW Star Wars money? We know it exists, but is there a scene in any of the 8 existing films or Clone Wars films that actually shows what Star Wars money actually looks like?

I am talking like...are they coins? Is it paper? If so, would they have dignitaries and imperials on them rather than presidents?
Did the rebellion use different money than the Empire? What about different systems? And the exchange rates? (i.e.-19 Mexican pesos equals 1 US Dollar). I mean, you can’t tell me that the value of a dollar on Naboo was exactly the same as it was on Tatooine.
Has anyone ever wondered this? And are there any scenes in any Star Wars movie that shows actual money? Just curious.
 
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They clearly name "Credits". In a technologically advanced civilization I'm sure electronic banking and ATM machines are plentiful. Cash and coin also exists and these are breifly shown in screen in little detail.

In some older EU, I recall mention of Imperial coins minted with Palpatines likeness.

In ANH, Han is paid "a reward" for rescuing the princess in the form of precious metals, that's what he's loading when Luke says his goodbye before the Death Star assault. Probably a good way to deal with cash equivalent in large sums outside the Empires financial system.

Han also flips the Cantina bartender, Wuhr, a coin saying "Sorry for the mess" after frying poor Greedo. Easy to miss. Their may have been other coins on the bar.

In the Prequels we have the Banking Clan, who side with the Separatist. During the Clone Wars, they are effectively financing both sides of the conflict and War profiteering.

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I always thought of their money as some kind of credit card they used, or something similar to casino plaques/chips.
 
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it looks like this:

Wasn't sure if those were poker chips or actual currency. Looks good on screen in any case.


I wonder if they have debates over gender equality in their currency too? LOL.


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I kind of wondered about the denominations. I mean, Luke's Landspeeder was paid for completely with a handful of coins. Even if it was at a severe loss for him I wonder how much some coins are actually worth. They probably have 500 credit and 1000 credit coins.
 
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it looks like this:

But see I thought that too, but as a man who's actually once worked IN a casino once (yes it really can be as skeezy as you think...hence why I quit years ago)...I came to realize that wouldn't make sense. Gambling isn't always done via how much you ACTUALLY have. Sometimes it's a mind play, hence one of the angles to it being considered a game and not just pure luck. The game comes from how much you can bluff. But not JUST how much you can bluff about your hand, but how wealthy you ACTUALLY are. So why would that be REAL money in the SW world? Can you imagine ESPN Poker games where they don't use chips but real money from their own bank accounts? So I don't personally think these are actual representations of money in the SW universe but represent chips that represent credits which represent real world money. Man that's like money inception, money within money within money. =P
 
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I think Han Solo tosses the bartender a credit after he kills Greedo. "Sorry about the mess."
 
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Getting philosophical, money is all a human conscruct and only works because we believe or perceive things have value and that wealth = power. We just use things like coins for ease of transactions in addition to electronic transfers.

Scary to think my retirement bucket is a virtual line item on a server somewhere.....

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I remeber getting a set of coins with the Star Wars Monopoly game for PC a long time ago. If I remember right there was a brass colored round Tatooine coin, a silver colored drop-shaped Bespin coin and gold colored octacon for Coruscant coin. Each worth 1k credit I think
 
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I remeber getting a set of coins with the Star Wars Monopoly game for PC a long time ago. If I remember right there was a brass colored round Tatooine coin, a silver colored drop-shaped Bespin coin and gold colored octacon for Coruscant coin. Each worth 1k credit I think
That set also came with a pewter Anakin right? God i loved those coins, have to dig those out.
 
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They also show three currencies in The Mandalorian.

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Which ever the money "they still spend." The Mandalorian complains that some of the bounties won't even cover the cost for fuel. If money is that tight and he gets paid in alternate ways, I don't know he doesn't have problems getting fuel or change especially since he seems to refuse to use Imperial Credits.
 
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