The currency in the Fallout world varies from area to area and even faction to faction.

Pre-War moneyEdit

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Pre-War money was the currency of the United States of America before the Great War. Despite its former status, no contemporary individuals or organizations use pre-War money as a form of currency, treating it as a low-value collectable item instead. Since the holograms at the Sierra Madre Casino were programmed before the war, they still use pre-War money as their primary basis of exchange.

Bottle capsEdit

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In the Core Region, the relative scarcity of bottle caps made them a perfect currency for Hub merchants to adopt in the 22nd century, leading to the nickname "Hubbucks" and "Hubscript." Backed by the value of water, the Hub merchants supported bottle caps because the technology to manufacture them and paint their surfaces had been mostly lost in the Great War, which limited any counterfeiting efforts. Secondly, there are a limited number of bottle caps, which preserve their value against inflation to some degree. For similar reasons the East Coast merchants also recognize bottle caps as a currency, although who backs them and guarantees their value is unknown.

While becoming the standard currency for Hub merchants in the 22nd century, by the mid-23rd century bottle caps were replaced by New California Republic (NCR) dollars, which were backed by gold. Caps would once again become a regularly-used currency after the destruction of NCR's gold reserves by the Brotherhood of Steel destabilized the value of the dollar.

By the late-23rd century, the NCR's tenuous grip on the Core Region, the presence of Caesar's Legion (who have their own currency), and the low value of the now water-backed NCR dollar caused bottle caps to re-emerge as the standard currency of the Mojave Wasteland in 2281. Nevertheless, NCR and Legion currency are both considered legal tender by the various caravan companies and on the New Vegas Strip. Mojave merchants also accept nonstandard variants, such as Sunset Sarsaparilla bottle caps.

NCR dollarsEdit

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The NCR introduced its own money around the turn of the 22nd century and initially it relied on coins minted from gold. By 2241, the economy of NCR dominated the West Coast and coins became universal currency, used by the three big powers: NCR, Vault City and New Reno. During this time bottle caps had become worthless in these regions.

However, by 2281, the money was no longer backed by gold, after the Brotherhood of Steel destroyed NCR's gold reserves. The NCR dollar has value due to the use of commodity rare metals. Due to this, the money has become devalued, with a hundred-dollar bill coming out to around 40 caps rather than its face value, even in NCR territory or shops. This means that the exchange rate for NCR Currency to Bottle Caps is about 1 Bottle Cap to 2.5 NCR Dollars. Its form had also changed: instead of minted coins, the NCR issues banknotes, similar to pre-War money. In the Mojave Wasteland, these notes can be seen in the $5, $20, and $100 denominations.

The notes are issued by the Republic Reserve located in Angel's Boneyard. In 2281, the current Treasurer of the Republic and head of the Republic Reserve is John Michael Henderton; his signature can be found on the front face of all NCR notes found in the Mojave Wasteland.

Mine scripsEdit

The town of Redding uses Morningstar mine scrips and Kokoweef mine scrips as secondary currency, supplementing NCR dollars.

Legion moneyEdit

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Caesar's Legion uses two old forms of currency which were also used in Roman times. They are minted by the Legion in the form of silver and gold coins, each coin bearing the profile of Caesar. Despite Caesar's poor relations with the other factions in New Vegas, Legion currency is still accepted as payment in the Mojave Wasteland, owing to the high level of trade with the Legion and the safety of its territory for caravans. The exchange rate is 4 bottle caps to 1 Denarius, and 100 bottle caps to 1 Aureus.

The Denarius (silver), which bears an image of a younger Caesar on the obverse and Caesar, Joshua Graham and Calhoun on the reverse. The inscriptions are in Latin, "Caesar Dictator" meaning "Dictator Caesar" or "Absolute Ruler Caesar" on the front and "Magnum Chasma" meaning "Great Abyss" or "Great Fissure" on the back, referring to the Grand Canyon. The symbolism is simple - the denarius commemorates young Caesar's journey to the Canyon and his first victories as a dictator of the tribes.

The Aureus (gold), which bears the portrait of the older Caesar on one side and the symbol of the 10th Legion (the bull) on the other. The inscriptions are in Latin, "Aeternit Imperi" meaning "For the eternity of the empire" on the front and "Pax Per Bellum" meaning "Peace through War" on the back.

Brotherhood scripsEdit

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Brotherhood scrip is a currency used only by the Brotherhood of Steel for trade within the Brotherhood. Brotherhood traders accept only this currency with the exception of some outsider traders that are present in most bases and accept ring pulls.

Ring pullsEdit

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Ring pulls are used as currency by people in the area of Chicago. They are pull-tabs from soda cans. Ring pulls can be found all over the settlements in early missions and traders will accept them. There are usually some outsider traders in Brotherhood bases who will accept ring pulls as