Bit by bit

It wasn’t that long ago that the Royal Equestrian Mint made one-bit coins available to us non-pony folk, and given the utter absence of an official, or even an unofficial, exchange rate, I suspect most of them are being sold as objets d’art.

Equestrian two-bit bill with Twilight SparkleStill, one bit is not an enormous sum, which may or may not have motivated this interested party into reproducing Equestrian paper currency. Denominations are as follows:

One: Princess Celestia
Two: Twilight Sparkle
Five: Rainbow Dash
Ten: Fluttershy
Twenty: Applejack
Fifty: Rarity
One Hundred: Pinkie Pie
One Thousand: Princess Luna

I have no idea what, if any, rate of inflation may prevail.



  1. JT »

    27 September 2012 · 6:10 pm

    Time to break out the “Monopony” set (which several have been created like this one

  2. CGHill »

    27 September 2012 · 6:17 pm

    And why the hay not? Parker Brothers was absorbed by Hasbro years ago, so it’s all in the (humongous corporate) family now.

  3. fillyjonk »

    28 September 2012 · 7:21 am

    Is the Luna on 1000 an allusion to her thousand years on the moon, or an admission (by comparison to Celestia on the 1s) that Luna Is Best Princess?

    I suppose it’s the first, but I’d like to believe it was the second.

    And now I’m thinking of dead presidents (and others) and wondering about any links there. (As in: how is Pinkie Pie like Ben Franklin?)

  4. CGHill »

    28 September 2012 · 8:18 am

    I’m guessing that Luna was done first, and 1000 is just naturally associated with her; when the artist decided to go ahead with the other denominations, he put Celestia on the one, by analogy with, um, George Washington.

    And you know, Rarity, being generous, was perfect for the fifty (ours is, yes, Grant).

  5. nightfly »

    28 September 2012 · 11:54 am

    Capitalism is Magic! Since we’re well on our own way to rainbow-backed currency, I approve of these crisp new bills.

  6. fillyjonk »

    28 September 2012 · 11:57 am

    Maybe the money is actually backed by the gems that are in the mines deep under Canterlot Castle, and therefore inflation less of an issue? (Then again: gems seem to be far more abundant in Equestria than they are on Earth, and there seem to be fewer uses for them (aside from Rarity’s designs and Spike’s snacks), so maybe they wouldn’t be worth as much as they are here).

  7. CGHill »

    28 September 2012 · 1:14 pm

    Well, they have to be worth something, or the Diamond Dogs wouldn’t have had to press Rarity’s gem-finding ability into service (in the A Dog and Pony Show episode).

  8. fillyjonk »

    28 September 2012 · 4:51 pm

    True, though I always interpreted it less as any sort of scarcity, but rather a laziness and unwillingness to work on the Dogs’ part, when they could just grab somepony with talent and skills, and force her to provide them with what they wanted….

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