Imperial monetary system

 

Standard Imperial ration coupon
Equals a one meal served to Imperial Guard soldier. Meal may be made of any edible resource but it has standardized constant of caloric value and distribution of proteins, carbohydrates, fat and salt. In star vessels and hive cities this ratio is know as nutrient putty dispensed from automatic production and service units.

System currency
Produced mostly by local merchant guilds, a planetary governor or noble houses.
Usable only within systems controlled by prominent instance issuing the local currency.
“Imperials” are generally worth of 10 standard imperial ratios.
“Eagles” are generally worth of 100 standard imperial ratios.

Ingots of valuable metals and minerals
Those have good trade value as there is constant need for certain materials desired by forge worlds of the Imperium. Using radioactive materials as a hard currency is frowned upon by arbitrators, inquisition and Adeptus Mechanicus. Official reason is because of mutating effect of those materials but there is genuine fear of uncontrolled trade of nuclear materials that can be used for dirty bombs by recidivists and heretics within Imperium.

Gemstones/crystals/diamonds
Easy to carry and conceal and their worth can be equal up to an Imperial planet or a star fleet. Some are xenos origin and may pose additional moral threats. Galactic production of precious stones in the Imperium is largely consumed by shrine worlds of the ecclesiarchy and lance weaponry produced by forge worlds.

Throne gelt
Universal hard currency across the Imperium. Produced at Terra. Worth is standardized to 1000 standard imperial ratio coupons. Imperial aristocracy calls it “An Imperial penny”

Tax factor
Bureaucratic unit of currency used by Imperial Ordos. Based on archaic and obscure tithe grade system practiced and held up by Imperial ecclesiarchy. One tax factor equals 10.000 throne gelts or 10 million Imperial standard rations (Yearly upkeep of 27.000 imperial citizens).

Profit factor
Bureaucratic unit of currency used by owners of Merchant warrants and Rogue traders warrants, Noble houses and Navigator guilds. Value of a Profit Factor is equal to an Imperial Tax factor,  on 1 to 1 exchange rate.

Holy unit of Power
Unit of energy that imperial structural component of 1 power is using during a year. Currency commonly used by Adeptus Mechanicus facilities. Value of a Power Factor is equal to an Imperial Tax factor,  on 1 to 1 exchange rate.

Barter
Common trade practice among Imperial citizens. Poor people use systems based on exchange of manual labor, daily rations and daily oxygen.
There is no imperial middle class. Either you toil for daily sustenance or have gained commission of warrant for one tax factor (yearly income worth of 10 million daily rations)
The Imperial high society barters with relics, star vessels, planets and nominations of authority.