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The European Currency Unit, also known as eurobuck (eb,[1] $[2]) and eurodollar (€$[3]) is a currency commonly used in various countries in Cyberpunk. It is the main currency used in the Cyberpunk series.

Background

The European Currency Unit (more commonly known as the eurodollar or "eddies" for short, though also referred to as: euro, holos, color, new script, white/white script, Ebucks, or Smuggies) is the primary currency of the European Economic Community, formed by the EEC treaty of 1992.[4] It is one of the most used currencies in the Cyberpunk timeline, with most nations either recognizing it as an official currency or giving it a highly favorable exchange rate by the year 2004. The United Soviet Sovereign Republics are one of the few known exceptions to this, having no official exchange rate and forbidding banks from exchanging the Russian Federal Ruble for Eurodollars.[5] In 2020, Eurodollar transactions make up approximately 25% of worldwide trade.[6]

Denominations

In 2020, Eurodollars appear in denominations of 1§, 5§, 10§, 20§, 50§, 100§, and 500§. Bills are made of hologram-marked, damage-resistant cloth-like paper. Eurodollar coinage comes in fractions of a Eurodollar, or cents, of 0.10§, 0.25§, 0.50§, and 1§ coins. Coins are made of nickel, tin, and aluminum.[7] By 2077, the 100€$ denomination was a depiction of an unknown city, specifically being a Series A 2055 bill, with the inscription of "GET RICH OR DIE TRYING" in the bottom center.

Money and Buying Power

Alternate Currency
Country Currency Exchange Rate
Japan New Yen(¥) ¥200=€$1
United States of America U.S. dollar($) $2=€$1 (Varies)
Korea Won(₩) ₩500=€$1
China Yuan(YY) 4YY=€$1
Myanmar Kayt (K) K5=€$1
Thailand Baht(B) 30B=€$1
Australia Dollar(A$) A$2.5=€$1
New Zealand Dollar(NZ$) NZ$4=€$1

Trivia

  • In the original Cyberpunk 2020 lore, the Treaty was signed in 1997. In Cyberpunk RED, the founding date had been changed to 1992.
  • The original Eurodollar symbol was a section sign. By 2077, the symbol has been changed to a Euro symbol next to a dollar symbol.
  • The 2077 Eurodollar concept art depicts a cyan blue currency strap marking a stack of 100 €$ bills as 10.000 eurodollars, denoted by Merrill, Asukaga, & Finch, simply referred to as "Asukaga & Finch" on the strap.

Gallery

References

  1. Sourcebooks
  2. Interface Magazine
  3. Cyberpunk 2077
  4. Cyberpunk Red Worldbook p.8: "The Treaty of 1992 establishes the European Economic Community. A common currency unit (the Eurodollar) is established."
  5. Wildside p.60: "EuroDollar (Eb): Sometimes called Eurobucks, Ebucks and Smuggies, the Eurodollar is the result of the ECU (European Common Union) treaty, signed by all the major European nations (with the exception of Scandinavia) in 1997. At the same time that the EDF (European Defense Force) was formed, they also came up with a common currency based on the most stable moneys of the time. By the end of the 20th century, it was almost impossible to use any other money in Europe... even the British had finally laid their precious Pound to rest. By 2004, most nations had either recognized the Eurobuck as an official currency, or given it highly favorable exchange rates. The Russians are the only holdouts... you can spend the Ebuck in the USSR, but they don't allow employees to be paid in it, nor is there any official exchange rate, and Soviet banks are forbidden to exchange Rubles for Eurobucks. Outside of Russia though, if you want to do business with the big boys, you either use Eurobucks or Corporate Scrip."
  6. Interface Magazine Vol. 1, Issue 2, p. 20: "While Cash Cards may be popular, cold cash is still around and accounts for 25% of the remaining transactions; 10% of those are illegal. Since its ratification, the Eurodollar (§) has been a stable currency known and embraced around the world. Most countries embrace the Eurodollar and if they do not, they offer equitable (right, sure) exchange rates to their currency."
  7. Interface Magazine Vol.1, Issue 2, p.21: "Eurodollars come in one, five, ten, twenty, fifty, and one hundred, and five hundred denominations. The money is marked holographically and is made of a damage-resistant cloth-like paper. Coinage comes in one tenth of a eurodollar or 10 cents, one quarter of a eurodollar or 25 cents, half a eurodollar or fifty cents and one euro dollar[sic] denominations. Coins are made primarily of nickel, tin, and aluminum."

WRIGHT, B. Wildside. 1st ed. Berkeley CA; R.Talsorian Games, 1993.

Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit World Book. Talsorian Games, 2019

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