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The subject of this article is sometimes called Beli, Beri, or Berry.

The Belly,[3] commonly represented as Beli (a Latin lowercase esh superimposed over a capital B), is the world's main monetary unit.

Overview[]

Belly are currently known to exist in six coin denominations and three paper denominations, with no further fractional units. These denominations are as follows:

  • Coin: Beli1, Beli5, Beli10, Beli50, Beli100, and Beli500
  • Paper: Beli1,000, Beli5,000, and Beli10,000

Each of the paper denominations depicts a different personage: Usaguchi Hideo (ウサグチヒデヨ?) on the Beli1,000 note, Kumaguchi Ichiro (クマグチイチロー?) on the Beli5,000 note, and Gaikotsu Yukichi (ガイコツユキチ?) on the Beli10,000 note.[4] It is unknown if these are actual individuals or fictitious icons.

Money SBS 53

Belly denominations and designs, as explained by the Volume 53 SBS.

Belly is apparently payable in check form, indicating reliable institutional backing.[5] Per the written bounty on Dorry and Brogy's joint wanted poster, it has existed in circulation for over one hundred years.

Distribution[]

When Oda discussed the Doskoi Panda brand, he mentioned that the line was very expensive. With this in mind, to properly put the currency's value in a real-world context, a Beli10,000 shirt is expensive to the people of the One Piece world.[6]

Bell-mère was noted to be too poor to give her daughters everything they needed in life, and when Arlong invaded she had only a life's savings totaling at the time just Beli100,000 and had prior to this often been on a diet of just oranges to pay for the life she had to offer her daughters. She was the only one in her village unable to pay the full amount Arlong requested at the time of his arrival (Beli100,000 per adult, Beli50,000 per child), and Arlong continued to demand this amount regularly from the residents of Cocoyasi Village resulting in years of struggle to pay the amount to avoid anyone being killed by Arlong. Arlong had agreed with Nami that she only had to bring Beli100,000,000 to buy her village back off him, an amount she took 8 years to amass and almost succeeded in reaching the goal simply by robbing pirates knowing they had access to more wealth than citizens. Notably, also, Nami once demanded Beli1,000,000,000 from Igaram to protect his country's princess calling it a "measly" sum for a royal household to have, but later it was noted that the country did not even have this amount of wealth to offer as it was on the verge of civil war.

The Straw Hat Pirates considered themselves "wealthy" after gaining gold worth Beli300,000,000. When they lost Beli200,000,000 of it to the Franky Family they noted their remaining Beli100,000,000 was still enough to buy a decent second-hand ship to continue their journey, even though their original amount would have bought them a brand new ship of much better quality (though Franky later used that very stolen Beli200,000,000 to build the crew a ship of great quality). The most affordable slaves are humans at Beli500,000 while Beli70,000,000 for a female unsplit mermaid is the highest starting bid for any race.[7] As such, all kidnapping groups seek them out and they present the most profitable slaves at auctions, and the storyline hints they can run well into the Beli100,000,000s, being noted only to be bought by only the wealthiest of the One Piece world inhabitants. Rare Adam Wood, being sold on the black market can reach the price of about Beli200,000,000.[8]

However, to a World Noble, a bid of Beli500,000,000 seems to be an insignificant amount of money to them judging by the way Saint Charlos bid in the Human Auctioning House. And most noteworthy, he bid this amount off the mark and no one else could counter it, ending the sale of Camie then and there. His father merely noted this as a 'waste of money', implying they have even more wealth and do not go through the same scale of financial concerns as the rest of the world. Their income appears to be the result of taxes that kingdoms affiliated with the World Government are required to pay, collectively known as the Heavenly Tribute. Depending on the wealth of a nation, paying those tributes can range from trivial to nearly impossible, with poorer countries possibly suffering of famine as a result.[9]

While the limit of bounties is unknown, the highest known bounty belongs to Gol D. Roger, whose total bounty before his death was Beli5,564,800,000. The Ope Ope no Mi, considered the "Ultimate Devil Fruit" due to its medical potential and ability to grant eternal life, is so valuable that the Marines were willing to pay as much as Beli5,000,000,000 for it, showing that the World Government is willing to and capable of affording such prices.[10] Donquixote Doflamingo offered to sell Riku Doldo III the rights to rule Dressrosa for Beli10,000,000,000, in lieu for taking the country by force; Riku stated such a ransom is impossible to acquire by the Dressrosa kingdom alone.[11]

Prices[]


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.



Concludes non-canon section.


Other Currencies[]

Gill Bastar's Wanted Poster

Unknown currency on the wanted poster of Gill Bastar from Wanted!.

Although the Belly is a universal currency accepted nearly worldwide, a few isolated societies use different currencies:

  • Extol (エクストル, Ekusutoru?) is the currency used in Skypiea. Normally, it is written similar to the Belly with an "esh": only with an "E" instead of a "B": Extol. The extol seems to be pegged to the belly, as there are Extol10,000 per Beli1.[21] It is implied that there are a number of inhabited sky islands that use extol, as Gan Fall, who believed the Straw Hats reached Skypiea via cloud hopping, assumed they were already familiar with the currency.[22]
  • Gor (ゴル, Goru?) is used on Amazon Lily.[23] Nothing else is known about it.
  • Gold (きん, Kin?) is used in Wano Country. 500 gold is considered to be a hefty price. Nothing else is known about it.[24]
  • Platinum (白金はっきん, Hakkin?) is another currency used in Wano. One coin is apparently enough to build a whole house.
  • Silver (ぎん, Gin?) is a third currency used in Wano. It is least valuable of the Wano currencies, and is used for smaller transactions. A shopkeeper was selling small pots for 30 silver and a large pot for 60 silver.
  • In the Boss Luffy specials, the currency ryo-belly (両ベリー, Ryō Berī?) is used. This currency has no banknotes, only coins, and mirrors the Tokugawa coinage that was used in real-life Edo Japan.
  • Wanted! (Eiichiro Oda's earliest published work) features a currency denoted by two vertical lines over a Z. Nothing else is known about it, though it should be noted that the Z sign is basically identical to that of Dragon Ball's "Zeni" currency.

Gallery[]

Belly Banknotes
Currency in paper form.
100 Belly Coins
Currency in coins.
Rio Belly
Currency as represented in the Boss Luffy specials; note in this particular instance the money was apparently counterfeit.
Belly manga first version
The Beli10,000 banknote's first detailed appearance in the manga. Note the differences from the later SBS depiction.
One Piece 20th x Kyoto 10,000 Bellys
A defictionalized Beli10,000 note given to visitors in the One Piece x Kyoto event.
Wano Country's Gold
Gold coins from Wano Country.
Live Action Belly Prop
Belly in the live-action series.

Inspirations and Influences[]

In both denomination and appearance, the Belly is an almost one-to-one parody of the modern Japanese yen. The banknote personages, in particular, spoof the historical figures on yen notes:

  • Usaguchi Hideo combines the ¥1,000's Noguchi Hideyo with the term for "rabbit" (ウサ, Usa?).
  • Kumaguchi Ichiro combines the ¥5,000's Higuchi Ichiyō with the term for "bear" (クマ, Kuma?)
  • Gaikotsu Yukichi combines the ¥10,000's Fukuzawa Yukichi with the term for "skeleton" (ガイコツ, Gaikotsu?).

Translation and Dub Issues[]

Due to the fickleness of rendering katakana, different translators have romanized ベリー in many different ways:

  • Belly is the most direct romanization seen in the original manga[3] and correspondingly treated as the Canonical spelling by this wiki.
  • Beli or Beri are the most commonly used by fans, though Berri and Belly are not uncommon.
  • Berry (plural Berries) is universal among the 4Kids, VIZ, and Funimation translations, as well as the live-action adaptation. The live action adaptation treats Berry as a mass noun, in that it lacks a plural form.

The Odex dub alternates between using Berry (plural Berry) and dollars depending on the episode.

Disagreement also exists on what plural marker—if any—applies to the term, as plural markers are largely unknown in the Japanese language.

Trivia[]

  • Some characters—particularly Nami—adopt Beli symbols in their eyes when demonstrating extreme greed. This is a common artistic convention across many comic books and cartoons, though some have implied it might be an actual, physical transformation.[25]
Exchange rate poster in Nagoya

Exchange rate poster from a Mugiwara Store in Nagoya.

  • Due to its inspiration, some fans treat the Belly as completely equivalent to the yen in purchasing power, e.g. assuming a Beli10,000 note would be worth ¥10,000 (approx. 64.60 USD circa 2024) of comparable real-life goods. The in-story accuracy of this idea remains unclear, though it is embraced by Shueisha's licensed Mugiwara Stores, where "¥1 = Beli1" signs are posted on cash registers and cashiers state purchase totals in Belly (though all price tags still display standard yen).
  • The Belly's symbol closely resembles the Thai baht: ฿ (baht) / Beli (belly).
  • In the One Piece game, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, it is said that the largest bill comes worth 10,000 belly.
  • Gild Tesoro's non-canon wealth amounted to 20% of the world's belly supply, and was famous enough to be known as the "Tesoro Money" (テゾーロマネー, Tezōro Manē?, Funimation: "Tesoro Stash"). In his primary vault alone, Tesoro held Beli500,000,000,000, the largest sum of money mentioned in the series and, according to Robin, enough to buy a small country.[26]

References[]

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 16) and Episode 4, Higuma boasts of his Beli8,000,000 bounty to Shanks.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 8 Chapter 69 (p. 12) and Episode 31, Nezumi receives Belly notes from Arlong.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 11 Chapter 95 (p. 15), On the 10,000 bill, it is written "Belly".
  4. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 (p. 128), The Belly units are depicted in detail.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 956 and Episode 957, The World Government tries to bribe Morgans with a sizable check (which he refuses).
  6. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 14, Doskoi Panda revealed.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 501 and Episode 395, slave prices revealed by auction house price list.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 431 and Episode 313, Franky talks about about Adam Wood.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 76 Chapter 763 (p. 3), Doflamingo and his family are tortured by victims of the World Nobles.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 766 (p. 3) and Episode 705, Diez Barrel states how much Marines were willing to spend on the Ope Ope no Mi.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 727 and Episode 660, Doflamingo blackmails Riku.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 One Piece 10th Treasures.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 49 Chapter 476 (p. 1), Sanji buys cabbage.
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 Chapter 497, A salesman tries to sell bon charis to Luffy and Chopper.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 34 Chapter 324, The Rental Bull Shop proprietor states that renting two regular Yagara Bulls will cost Beli2,000.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 17 Chapter 150, Nami is angry at Luffy for ruining her jacket.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 50 Chapter 490 (p. 19), Camie gives the price of one takoyaki serving to the Straw Hat Pirates.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 One Piece Rainbow! (p. 52, 112, 138, 172, 198, 218, 270, 284).
  19. One Piece Party Manga — Vol. 5 Minicomic The Onigiri Salesman (p. 3).
  20. Volume 4/4 "UTA" (p. 32-33 and inside back cover).
  21. One Piece Manga — Vol. 26 Chapter 242, the exchange rate for the extol is provided.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 26 Chapter 238 and Episode 153.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 522 and Episode 416, Nerine charges her fellow Kuja 20 Gor to touch Luffy's rubber body.
  24. One Piece Manga — Vol. 91 Chapter 915 (p. 12), 500 Gold is offered as a prize for anyone who can defeat Urashima.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 26 Chapter 245 (p. 15) and Episode 159, As Nami explains her reasons for exploring Upper Yard, Chopper comments her eyes have turned into Beli signs.
  26. One Piece Movie — One Piece Film: Gold.

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