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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 esh superimposed over a capital B), is the world's main monetary unit.

OverviewEdit

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. It is unknown if these are actual individuals, fictitious icons, or some combination of the two.

Money SBS 53

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

When - or where - the Belly was first adopted as a currency is also unknown, though the written bounty on Dorry and Broggy's joint wanted poster indicates it has been in circulation for at least one hundred years.

DistributionEdit

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

So it would seem that the difference between the amount of money possessed by the richest and poorest of the citizens, the poorest families can have less than Beli100,000 life savings while the richest have a staggering Beli500,000,000 or more like pocket money.

Known PricesEdit

Other CurrenciesEdit

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 have their own 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": Esymbol. The extol seems to be pegged to the belly, as there are Esymbol10,000 per Beli1.[15] Nothing else is known about the extol.
  • Gor (ゴル Goru?) is used on Amazon Lily.[16] 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.[17]
  • 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 yet another currency used in Wano. It is not a big currency, being used for transactions of small and cheap items. A shopkeeper was selling small pots for 30 Silver and 60 Silver for a big pot.
  • In the Boss Luffy specials, the currency ryo-belly is used. This currency has no banknotes, only coins, and mirrors the Tokugawa coinage that was used in real-life Edo Japan.
  • In the one-shot story by Eiichiro Oda, Wanted!, a currency with an unknown name is used. This currency abbreviated looks like belly, extol, or dollar, only with a Z in place of the other letters. Whether this currency is available in coins, banknotes, or some other form is unknown.
    • This is similar to the symbol used in Dragon Ball for "Zeni". Zeni is named after a real-world currency.

GalleryEdit

Belly Banknotes
Currency in cash 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.

Translation and Dub IssuesEdit

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 unknown.
  • Berry (Berries plural) is universal among the 4Kids, Viz, and Funimation translations.

Disagreement also exists on what plural marker - if any - applies to the term, as plural markers are virtually nonexistent in the Japanese language.

TriviaEdit

  • 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.[18]
  • In both denomination and appearance, the Belly is an almost one-to-one parody of the modern Japanese yen, down to the banknote personages (which combine the names of historical figures Hideyo Noguchi, Ichiyō Higuchi, and Fukuzawa Yukichi with the terms for rabbit (ウサ Usa?), bear (クマ Kuma?), and skeleton (ガイコツ Gaikotsu?), respectively).
    • Because of this, some fans treat the Belly as completely equivalent to the yen in terms of purchasing power, e.g. assuming a Beli10,000 note would be worth ¥10,000 (approx. 93.90 USD circa 2020) of goods in real life. The accuracy of this metric remains unclear.
  • The Belly's symbol closely resembles Thailand's baht: ฿ (baht) / Beli Small (belly).
  • In the One Piece game, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, it is said that the largest bill comes worth 10,000 belly.

ReferencesEdit

  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. 14, Doskoi Panda revealed.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 501 and Episode 395, slave prices revealed by auction house price list.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 431 and Episode 313, Franky talks about about Adam Wood.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 76 Chapter 763 (p. 3), Doflamingo and his family are tortured by victims of the World Nobles.
  8. 8.0 8.1 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.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 727 and Episode 660, Doflamingo blackmails Riku.
  10. One Piece Manga — Vol. 49 Chapter 476 (p. 1), Sanji buys cabbage.
  11. One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 Chapter 497, A salesman tries to sell bon charis to Luffy and Chopper.
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 34 Chapter 324, The Rental Bull Shop proprietor states that renting two regular Yagara Bulls will cost Beli2,000.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 17 Chapter 150, Nami is angry at Luffy for ruining her jacket.
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 50 Chapter 490 (p. 19), Camie gives the price of one takoyaki serving to the Straw Hat Pirates.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 26 Chapter 242, the exchange rate for the extol is provided.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 Chapter 522, Nerine makes a business out of Luffy by charging 20 Gor per touch.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 91 Chapter 915 (p. 12), 500 Gold is offered as a prize for anyone who can defeat Urashima.
  18. 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.

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