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Offline John Reynolds

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The price of Latinum...
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:49:44 pm »
So Heather and I were discussing the potential prices for Ayam's artwork and realised that we didn't really know the value of latinum.  According to Memory Alpha the system works as follows:

  • 100 slips of gold-pressed latinum are equal to 1 strip.
  • 20 strips are equal to 1 bar of latinum.
  • 1 bar of gold-pressed latinum is equal to 20 strips or 2,000 slips of latinum.
  • 1 brick exceeds 10,000 bars but the exchange rate is unknown

But the suggestions for modern day equivalents seemed far too high and when we tried to lower them the whole 100 slips for 1 strip made it tricky.  I mean seriously, did the writers even bother to keep track of what price they gave things?  So lets just assume that 15 strips will rent you small Quarters on Kepler Station (per month).

Examples from DS9:
  • 1 slip: Ferengi put one slip of gold-pressed latinum into the throne of the Grand Nagus. (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")
  • 2 slips: Quark puts two slips of gold-pressed latinum in to his bust of the Blessed Exchequer, adding another two when making an extra request. (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")
  • 7 slips: In the Tower of Commerce in 2372, it cost seven slips of latinum to use the elevator. Quark exclaims that this is more expensive than it was on his previous visits to the tower. (DS9: "Family Business")
  • 1 strip: Quark says that a strip of latinum would pay for a couple of spins of the dabo wheel. (DS9: "Sanctuary")
  • 3 strips: Quark asks for three strips of latinum for one memorial disk of Plegg. (DS9: "The Alternate")
  • 5 strips: A cadet's uniform from Garak's shop for Nog cost Rom five strips of latinum. (DS9: "Facets")
  • 10 strips: Nog sells the holosuite program A Visit with the Pleasure Goddess of Rixx to Jadzia Dax for ten strips of latinum, who then gives it to Julian Bashir as a gift. (DS9: "Little Green Men")
  • 14 strips: Quark pays a dabo girl 14 strips of latinum on payday. (DS9: "The Collaborator")
  • 17 strips: A dress from Garak's shop would cost seventeen strips of latinum, but Quark offers twenty for it. (DS9: "Profit and Loss")
  • 1 bar: Tiron pays Quark one bar of latinum and a precious jeweled ring for a custom holosuite program. Apparently, this is quite generous, as Quark suggests that he could "move into a holosuite" with that much latinum. (DS9: "Meridian")
  • 3 bars: Ishka made three bars of gold-pressed latinum by investing in a Hupyrian beetle farm. (DS9: "Family Business")
  • 3 bars: Quark pays three bars of gold-pressed latinum for the wreckage of a ship that crashed in the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: "The Abandoned")
  • 5 bars: Quark says that five bars of latinum will buy him five Nausicaans, a fast ship and very few questions to break Rom out of the Dominion's cells. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")
  • 10 bars: Bidding for the Verathan statue in Quark and Vash's auction started at ten bars. (DS9: "Q-Less")
  • 10 bars: Elias Giger paid ten bars of gold-pressed latinum for an Andorian chest containing a pre-Surak Vulcan bracelet, a 6th century Bajoran mandala, a 23rd century ion-transtator and a Willie Mays baseball card from Earth dated 1951. (DS9: "In the Cards")
  • 18 bars: Quark reluctantly increased the amount he would pay Vash for the Promethean quartz-like lifeform from seven bars to eighteen, which Vash declined. (DS9: "Q-Less")
  • 20 bars: Krax sells one memorial disk of Zek for twenty bars of latinum, suggesting it will double in price within a year. (DS9: "The Nagus")
  • 20 bars: During an evacuation of Deep Space 9, Quark offers twenty bars for a seat on a transport off the station, increasing this from an original offer of five, followed by ten. (DS9: "The Siege")
  • 30 bars: Quark's last offer to Vash for the Promethean quartz-like lifeform was thirty bars, which Vash declined. (DS9: "Q-Less")
  • 50 bars: Zek offered a reward of fifty bars of gold-pressed latinum for the return of Ishka. (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi")
  • 105 bars: Quark sells an item in his auction of Vash's finds to his cousin Stol for one hundred and five bars of latinum. (DS9: "Q-Less")
  • 189 bars: Zek can buy two thousand tons of Kohlanese barley for one hundred and eighty-nine bars of latinum. (DS9: "Prophet Motive")
  • 200 bars: In late 2374, Quark made a profit of 200 bars of gold-pressed latinum when he sold Denevan crystals to a Nausicaan entrepreneur. (DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice")
  • 1,000 bars: Ah-Kel and Ro-Kel intend to charge one thousand bars (non-negotiable) for an 'ornately carved metal sphere'. (DS9: "Vortex")
  • 1,000 bars: Janel Tigan said that the broken waveguide in 14-3-A would make him lose one thousand bars a day. (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")
  • 8,000 bars: Rom offers to buy Quark's Bar for five thousand bars of gold-pressed latinum, although he expected Quark to haggle up to at least eight thousand. (DS9: "The Dogs of War")
  • 1,000,000 bars: Q offers one million bars of gold-pressed latinum for the boxed quartz from Vash's collection (although we're sure he was insincere about his bid). (DS9: "Q-Less")
  • 10,000,000 bars: Gaila offers ten million bars of gold-pressed latinum to Quark in an attempt to keep him in the world of weapon sales. (DS9: "Business as Usual")
  • 60 bricks: Brunt bribes Quark with sixty bricks of gold-pressed latinum to make him financial adviser to the Nagus. (DS9: "The Dogs of War")
  • 100 bricks: After Morn faked his death and used Quark to get rid of his cohorts, he regurgitated 100 bricks worth of latinum as compensation. (DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn?")
  • 1000 bricks: During the Lissepian Mother's Day Heist that took place on Lissepia in 2365, 1,000 bricks of gold-pressed latinum were stolen. Larell had told Quark that Morn had won the 1,000 bricks of gold-pressed latinum in the Lissepian Lottery. (DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn?", "The Sound of Her Voice")