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Most interesting science fiction/fantasy monetary or currency systems?

There are lots of interesting SF&F economic systems that are without money -- post-scarcity AI-nano cornucopias, magic subsistence economies, etc. For those who imagine worlds that still have money, though, what are the most interesting speculative monetary/currency/financial systems? (Please feel free to mention the obvious-to-you, as I've got big gaps in my SF&F reading and watching.) Thanks! [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Jul 6, 2014 - 18 answers

Tennessee Williams on a three-dollar bill

GetRichQuickFilter: Where can I make my own paper money? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on May 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Why does Bitcoin not hide one's total wealth?

With little experience in bitcoins, I'm strongly convinced that any single person doing business with you can (with some work) figure out your potential wealth in bitcoin currency. Is this really the case? [more inside]
posted by oxit on Jan 18, 2014 - 14 answers

What's the best way to deposit US checks in Canada to be used in Canada?

I'm a Canadian freelancer located in the GTA area, and I've signed on for a long-term contract with a US client. I'll be getting paid in USD checks fairly regularly. How can I deposit this money in my Canadian bank account and use it in Canada without getting screwed over on currency exchange fees with the big 5 banks? [more inside]
posted by Be cool, sodapop on Jan 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Which coin is most plentiful?

Of all coined currencies in histories, which in their day, or today (kinda two part question) were the most plentiful? Not used in transactions but just physically existed, minted minus lost.
posted by Samineru on Nov 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Essays about Alternative Currencies?

A reading group I'm in is interested in learning about alternative currencies. For example, a good overview of something like Bitcoin. Bonus points if it's coming from a Marxist or left political position.
posted by matkline on Oct 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Cheapest way to convert Japanese Yen to US Dollars?

Someone is going to be sending me money - they live in Japan. What is the cheapest way to send the money? The amount is going to be somewhere between $1500-6000, probably closer to the 1500. I have an account with xetrade and they have worked well in the past for UK/US money transfers but I notice that Japanese residents cannot sign up on that site. Where can I get the best rate possible? I also have a forex account with my broker but 'hedging' is probably too complicated for this transfer unless someone here thinks differently. I will also be visiting this person in December so there is the possibility they could give me some cash and I could convert once I reach the US again, although I'm sure there are limits on the amounts of money I can take overseas.
posted by locussst on Oct 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Do drug dealers stamp their money?

I saw a post on tumblr, about why some larger bills have little stamps on them. The reason they gave is that drug dealers will stamp the bills to keep track of them. This makes absolutely no sense to me. So question one is, does this sound accurate? Does anyone have any way of saying if this is or isn't true? Question two, why the heck are these stamps on bills? Here's a picture of a purported drug dealer stamped bill.
posted by trogdole on May 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Transferring foreign currency in China

Asking on behalf of two friends in China: one (not a Chinese national) wants to loan a large amount of money to the other (who is Chinese). The problem is the foreigner's account (even though it's a Chinese bank account) is in Euros. They tried to go to the local (Chinese) bank and do a transfer, but were told that it was illegal to transfer a foreign currency to a Chinese person like that, and that they would have to first convert all the money to RMB and then could give it to him, but that gets pretty expensive with exchange rates and fees, since this is apparently a pretty large sum. So the question is: What's the best way for a foreigner to transfer his money, in euros, at his Chinese bank account to the Chinese bank account of a Chinese national? Is there any bank card or service which the Chinese national can apply for to make it easier?
posted by jef on Mar 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Alternative systems to current money and currency

Money: who are the current deep thinkers about money, monetary systems, currency, global flow of cash... and alternative systems and options. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on May 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Can someone identify this paper currency?

Can someone identify this paper currency? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Guess the number of Jelly Beans, Win a Prize!

Is there a way for me to estimate the total value of a certain weight of random mixed us coins? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Dec 15, 2011 - 26 answers

100 dollar bill -- real or fake?

Is my $100 bill real or counterfeit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 - 33 answers

Where can I exchange Côte d'Ivoire francs for U.S. Dollars?

My mom recently returned from the Ivory Coast with about 50,000 XOF (=~$100). However, she hasn't found anywhere that will accept the XOF and pay her USD. She has tried Wells Fargo, American Express travel exchange, and Travelex, with no success anywhere. Does anyone know who will accept XOF for exchange?
posted by rjacobs on Aug 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Local credit union won't do. So long, "People before profit".

International banking filter: I'm moving to Stockholm from Seattle in about a month. What's the best way to set up an account in Swedish krona when the person supporting me will be giving me money in US dollars? Also, what is the cheapest and fastest way to transfer money from US accounts in USD to the Swedish (or international?) SEK account? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jul 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Help for the monetarily challenged

A friend, who's as bad at numbers as I am, has money in an American bank account. He needs to pay for something in Switzerland. Is there any advantage to changing the dollars to euros and then to Swiss francs, or is a direct dollar-franc transfer the best way to go? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Apr 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Local Currency in Portland

Portland Filter: I've been reading a lot of Douglas Rushkoff and I'm really into the idea of alternative local currencies (something like Ithaca Hours). Is anyone in Portland, OR working on establishing something here?
posted by ohisee on Jan 30, 2011 - 5 answers

How to get the best conversion rate (GB Pound to US Dollar)?

How to get the best conversion rate (GB Pound to US Dollar)? I've been working in London for the past year, trying to save up money for grad school when I return to the states. I was told that December was the best month of the year to do a GBP to USD conversion (not too sure how accurate that is). I bank with Barclays (England) and Chase (US) and am in the states at the moment. I've brought the money (in GBP) over because I thought it would give me more conversion options. I know that it can get complicated with conversion rates changing, various banks with their own exchange rates, etc. I'm willing to open an online bank account if that's the best option to transfer pounds to dollars. Are there any conversion geniuses out there who can help give me any tips? Many thanks! D
posted by Danah_78 on Dec 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Moolah in the cooler.

Help us organise our money for a trip to Borneo. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Jun 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Save your European money, boys....

I've read a few articles that mention the collapse of the Euro. Any idea what that would look like? Could a country like France or Germany simply walk away? Could the currency survive that? What would they do until they had fresh DM or francs or whatever?
posted by codswallop on May 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Show me the (foreign) money!

What's the best way to get my hands on foreign currency from the around the world and especially from pre-Euro times/countries. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on May 6, 2010 - 8 answers

How can Canadians capitalize on the high Canadian dollar?

The Canadian dollar is at par with the US dollar. As a Canadian who will not be traveling to the US or elsewhere in the near future, how else can I benefit from the high dollar?
posted by kitcat on Apr 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Best option for regular US to EUR currency exchange?

I'm an American who's just bought a lovely home in the EU. Yay! Now I have to make regular mortgage payments while still living and working in the US. How do I transfer money over to our EU bank account on a regular basis as cheaply as possible?... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Oct 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Most cost-effective way of transfering money from UK to US

Need to transfer modest amounts of money from UK to a US bank account every 2-3 months. What would be the most cost-effective way to do so? [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Oct 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Protection in a weakening economy

Our deficit and our debt are at record levels, even compared to WWII. Then, the debt was financed internally, not by other countries, so the interest we could pay was lower and the money was recycled in the U.S. Now, the debt and deficit are mostly financed by other countries through bond offerings and the like. And as they grow, those debtor countries will want higher interest rates on repayments, which drains money out of the U.S. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 5, 2009 - 4 answers

You could sail this puppy away TODAY, for just 7300 pieces of eight. How does that sound to you?

What could one piece of eight have purchased in Boston in 1777?
posted by aiko on Sep 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Online currency exchange?

Anyone here have experience ordering foreign currency online? I know I'm over-preparing for my four day trip to Montreal, but I'd really like to have some CAD in hand when I get there. I'm sorta too lazy to find a bank around here that will do it for me...
posted by krisptoria on Mar 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Where is my money stored?

Is most money just numbers on a computer screen? Or do banks actually have cash in their vaults to back up the "digital" money. [more inside]
posted by All.star on Feb 4, 2009 - 23 answers

oh my should I put my money in a mattress?

I'm moving overseas from the US in less than a year, and my stellar powers of observation tell me that there's a good chance the dollar is going to eat shit before then. My savings are <$10,000, what can I do with them to ensure that I'm not cursing the economy when I leave? Is putting it in foreign currency enough, or is there a better option? How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Dec 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Swiss bank accounts 101, or something different?

Where should I keep my money (to protect it from the US economy)? I'm American and it's in US$, but I don't live there and don't have any good reason to keep it there. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Oct 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Small, marked bills

I keep seeing store clerks drawing marks on $20 and $50 bills before closing the cash register. Why are they doing it?
posted by tizzie on Jun 9, 2008 - 15 answers

Questions about tranferring money overseas

Need to transfer a large amount of money from US to UK and have a few questions about currency brokers and taxes. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Mar 17, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I protect myself against the falling US dollar when sending work overseas?

How can I protect myself against the falling US dollar when sending work overseas? [more inside]
posted by lsemel on Nov 3, 2007 - 5 answers

Saving money in euros...

I keep all my savings in a Citibank e-savings account, which is like a regular savings account, only with a higher interest rate. Recently, the dollar has totally been tanking, and this trend doesn't show any signs of reversing. What's the easiest, safest, most profitable way for me to save my money in euros instead of dollars? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 2, 2007 - 29 answers

How can I turn a buck on the dollar's woes?

Can your average person who spends their entire workday in front of a computer short the dollar online, through some sort of investing site? I'm macroeconomically literate, but know next to nothing about what sort of options are available for playing with my money. I read about day-trading Japanese moms making money on the currency trade, and I'd like to keep my relatively meager savings from vanishing into some Weimarish wheelbarrow-of-bills traffic jam, so...do I need to learn Japanese to do it?
posted by paul_smatatoes on Sep 20, 2007 - 17 answers

How much (was) that doggy in the window?

How do I find out the value of a dollar in a given year? [more inside]
posted by serazin on May 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Yen --> USD --> ??? --> Profit!

What's the best way to exchange Japanese Yen (in cash form) to USD? [more inside]
posted by Muu on Mar 5, 2007 - 4 answers

What do I need to know about money changing?

I am leaving for Japan in two days: should I change money before or after I get there? Does it matter? How do I do it?
posted by davidriley on Feb 26, 2007 - 22 answers

Yen to Pounds : Best Exchange Rates?

Currency Exchange: I have a handful of Japanese Yen and a desire the British pound wasn't so strong. What are my best options for getting my Yen converted into Sterling? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Understanding US dollar denominated securities

Help me understand U.S. dollar-denominated foreign securities. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Sep 3, 2006 - 12 answers

what the heck is broad and narrow money?

When economists talk about broad- and narrow-money, what exactly are they talking about?
posted by dobie on Jul 26, 2006 - 2 answers

Currency Conversion

I'm going to the States on the weekend and I'm wondering what the best way is to convert Canadian dollars to American dollars? What option provides the best conversion rate for $300-500?
posted by jonshadow on Jul 20, 2006 - 14 answers

It's all about the benjamins (and ulysseses), baby.

No bills larger than...? [more inside]
posted by oaf on Apr 3, 2006 - 91 answers

Swobody! Fabryk! i Ziemi! Help my exchange my zloty!

I have a not-insignificant amount of Polish zlotych. Help me figure out if and how I can exchange it... [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Jan 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Exchange Rate Website?

Is there a website that catalogs the daily exchange rates between countries? For example, if I wanted to know the exchange rate from Canadian to American dollars on July 27, 2005?
posted by billysumday on Oct 13, 2005 - 6 answers

What are some examples of obsolete currency?

What are some examples of obsolete currency — currency that was formerly used by a now-defunct political state or regime and is now worthless, except perhaps as a curiosity or historical artifact? This defunct currency would have to be paper rather than in bullion, as the latter never really becomes worthless. The only example I can think of is the currency issued by the Confederate States of America during the U.S. Civil war. Can you suggest any more recent examples?
posted by orange swan on Jun 17, 2005 - 32 answers

Personal checks and paper currency: sizes

In the U.S., personal checks and paper currency are the same size. So I've been wondering- is there an international standard size for personal checks? Or, do checks issued in one particular country match up with that country's currency? (And what about places like China, where the bills are all different sizes?) Thanks in advance for helping me sleep at night.
posted by elisabeth r on May 22, 2005 - 11 answers

Creative summer & side jobs

Summer is coming. I'm a student. I'd like to earn me some dosh in as pleasant a way as possible. Additionally, since I'm already sitting behind a darn desk for the whole friggin' year, I think it's time for a change. No coding. No system administration. No data entry. No QA. I think you catch my drift. [more inside]
posted by koenie on May 22, 2005 - 19 answers

US dollar bill with a URL for a hotel in Domincan Republic?

Dollar bill spam? I just got a US dollar bill with a URL on it. Going to said URL brings up the web site of a hotel in the dominican republic. Is this an actual thing? Or is this just someone having some fun? [more inside]
posted by o2b on Dec 28, 2004 - 8 answers

What's the easiest way to move liquid assets from dollars to Euros?

if one wanted to move a portion of ones liquid assets from dollars to euros ... what is the easiest way with minimal overhead?
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2004 - 6 answers

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