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Molaichi
Posted - 2010.01.20 04:46:00 - [1]
 

This came up in a conversation with others and I feel very curious as to why.
I searched wallet and account in Icelandic and they do not start with Z apparently...
Can anyone give me an answer?

Boltorano
Fourth Circle
Total Comfort
Posted - 2010.01.20 05:04:00 - [2]
 

It's the official symbol for InterStellar Kredits, as determined by convention of CONCORD, of course.

Beyond that, it's just a symbol that is not used by any real world currency, so it works as well as anything else.

Culmen
Caldari
Culmenation
Posted - 2010.01.20 05:05:00 - [3]
 

Edited by: Culmen on 20/01/2010 05:05:42
Cause that's where Zee money is.

Zeba
Minmatar
Honourable East India Trading Company
Posted - 2010.01.20 05:13:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: Culmen
Cause that's where Zee money is.
/rimshot

Chaos Incarnate
Faceless Logistics
Posted - 2010.01.20 05:25:00 - [5]
 

Most importantly, why are the coins such an odd shade of green

Artassaut
Minmatar
Shadow Striders
Property Management Solutions
Posted - 2010.01.20 05:41:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Chaos Incarnate
Most importantly, why are the coins such an odd shade of green

Oxidized copper, silly.

Chaos Incarnate
Faceless Logistics
Posted - 2010.01.20 05:55:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Artassaut
Oxidized copper, silly.


You'd think for us immortal pod pilots we could come up with a currency that isn't susceptible to simple things like rust

cal nereus
The Graduates
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2010.01.20 06:09:00 - [8]
 

It isn't. All of our monetary transfers are done electronically, so we never actually handle solid money (unless you own the item "A lot of Cash" or something like that). I wish I owned that item. It's second only to the thing that does stuff.

Boltorano
Fourth Circle
Total Comfort
Posted - 2010.01.20 06:11:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: cal nereus
It isn't. All of our monetary transfers are done electronically, so we never actually handle solid money (unless you own the item "A lot of Cash" or something like that). I wish I owned that item. It's second only to the thing that does stuff.


I have a Device, but you can't have it. It's all MIIIIIIIIIINE.

(Ninja edit: This thread is officially off the main line and switched off into derail junction.)

Chaos Incarnate
Faceless Logistics
Posted - 2010.01.20 06:22:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Boltorano
(Ninja edit: This thread is officially off the main line and switched off into derail junction.)


The entire thread was made pre-derailed, you can't really pull it off topic further

sue denim
Posted - 2010.01.20 07:07:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Chaos Incarnate
Most importantly, why are the coins such an odd shade of green


what are you talking about, space coins are always green.

DearMotherOfGod
Tim and Sasha Savings and Loans
Posted - 2010.01.20 07:28:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: Chaos Incarnate
You'd think for us immortal pod pilots we could come up with a currency that isn't susceptible to simple things like rust



Our currency is minmatar tech.

FlameGlow
Gypsy Band
Posted - 2010.01.20 09:51:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Molaichi
This came up in a conversation with others and I feel very curious as to why.
I searched wallet and account in Icelandic and they do not start with Z apparently...
Can anyone give me an answer?

How do you explain $ for dollars then? They don't start with S either.

Serge Bastana
Gallente
GWA Corp
Posted - 2010.01.20 10:50:00 - [14]
 

Quite a few possible explanations if you search, unit of silver, shortened form of U.S., derived from the Spanish coat of arms, and so the list goes on.

Some Advisor
Posted - 2010.01.20 11:51:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: cal nereus
I wish I owned that item. It's second only to the thing that does stuff.


like..... The Device ? :P

KPPA
Dead 2 Rights
Posted - 2010.01.20 12:21:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: FlameGlow
Originally by: Molaichi
This came up in a conversation with others and I feel very curious as to why.
I searched wallet and account in Icelandic and they do not start with Z apparently...
Can anyone give me an answer?

How do you explain $ for dollars then? They don't start with S either.


I heard that the dollar sign, "$", was originally a "U" and an "S" overlaid. Then people got lazy and started dropping parts of it. US, as in United States. ugh

Asuka Smith
Gallente
Royal Black Watch Highlanders
Posted - 2010.01.20 12:30:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: KPPA
Originally by: FlameGlow
Originally by: Molaichi
This came up in a conversation with others and I feel very curious as to why.
I searched wallet and account in Icelandic and they do not start with Z apparently...
Can anyone give me an answer?

How do you explain $ for dollars then? They don't start with S either.


I heard that the dollar sign, "$", was originally a "U" and an "S" overlaid. Then people got lazy and started dropping parts of it. US, as in United States. ugh


The font on this forum only has a single bar through the S in $$, but when I write by hand I always put two bars out of habit. I assume that the $ being U/S overlaid is accurate.

De'Veldrin
Minmatar
Norse'Storm Battle Group
Intrepid Crossing
Posted - 2010.01.20 13:02:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: KPPA
Originally by: FlameGlow
Originally by: Molaichi
This came up in a conversation with others and I feel very curious as to why.
I searched wallet and account in Icelandic and they do not start with Z apparently...
Can anyone give me an answer?

How do you explain $ for dollars then? They don't start with S either.


I heard that the dollar sign, "$", was originally a "U" and an "S" overlaid. Then people got lazy and started dropping parts of it. US, as in United States. ugh


Actually most of the sources I have found indicate that the symbol (and the word dollar itself) both predate the existence of the United States as a nation.

Most scholarly sources seem to think that the symbol is a bastardized version of the original symbol for the peso, which was a p with a super-scripted s, but alas, no one seems to have a definitive answer.

Roger Kiyosaki
Native Freshfood
Posted - 2010.01.20 13:24:00 - [19]
 

Edited by: Roger Kiyosaki on 20/01/2010 13:24:50
Correct answer:
Because it may reach inflation levels of the Zimbabwean Dollar.

Jacob Holland
Gallente
Weyland-Vulcan Industries
Posted - 2010.01.20 13:37:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: FlameGlow
How do you explain $ for dollars then? They don't start with S either.

One of my favourite legends on this subject is that it was once 8 (as in peices of...) As the direction of a pen stroke was important it was often entered in ledgers as if writing an "S" and then striking through it with a "/" (The pen moving down the page at all times).
Over the years the slash became more and more vertical until the familiar symbol became normal.
The symbol of course predates the United States and therefore the legend of the overlaid "U" and "S" is rather far fetched.

The "Z" with the Horizontal Bar echoes the of the Yen and I suspect that it's a nod towards the William Gibson tradition, cultural crossover and gritty darkness dominated by the Japancorps.

XJennieX
Minmatar
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2010.01.20 13:37:00 - [21]
 

ZOR

Barakkus
Posted - 2010.01.20 13:41:00 - [22]
 

Originally by: DearMotherOfGod

Our currency is minmatar tech.

Miyamoto Uroki
Caldari
Sarum Industries
Posted - 2010.01.20 15:05:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: cal nereus
It isn't. All of our monetary transfers are done electronically, so we never actually handle solid money (unless you own the item "A lot of Cash" or something like that). I wish I owned that item. It's second only to the thing that does stuff.



Back in the days you actually were able to pull ISKies from your wallet into your hangar, as an item. So it seems that we capsuleers only recently (like 5 years ago?) switched from partially solid money to all-out electronic ISKies ^^

Zeredek
Gallente
The Scope
Posted - 2010.01.20 15:16:00 - [24]
 

The Z stands for Zero, which is how much ISK you will have after giving me your stuff






Well it was worth a shot


 

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