Imperial monetary system


Standard Imperial ration coupon
Equals an 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 the systems controlled by a prominent instance issuing the local currency. They rarely contain precious metal enough to be considered other than symbolic value backed up by the wealth of an instance distributing them.
“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 a good trade value as there is constant need for certain materials desired by the forge worlds of the Imperium. Using radioactive materials as a hard currency is frowned upon by arbitrators, inquisition and Adeptus Mechanicus. Official reason is the mutating effect of those materials but there is a genuine fear of uncontrolled trade of nuclear materials that can be used for dirty bombs by recidivists and heretics within the Imperium.

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 Dark Heresy corebook page 124, edited for Ultima Tectum campaign.
An universal and a rare hard currency across the Imperium. The worth of an any local currency is compared to the worth of the Throne Gelt. The coin itself is produced at Terra and distributed to Imperial authorities. It is iron coin that contains a speck of dust from the soil of Terra and it’s worth is symbolic.  It is too rare to function as a method of payment, but acts as method of standardization within Imperial commerce. Worth of one Gelt is standardized to 1000 standard imperial ratio coupons. Imperial aristocracy calls it “An Imperial penny”.

Imperial Bond Dan Abnett: Xenos, edited for Ultima Tectum campaign
Commonly used by different Imperial Ordos. It usually is a parchment provided by person of Imperial authority and can be claimed at any Imperial world. Ultimately it is paid from budget of a systems Imperial Governor and is deducted from Imperial Tithes paid to particular Ordo at a system. Many Imperial bonds are not claimed but used as a currency between Imperial citizens and instances. It is possible that along Imperial history more unclaimed Imperial bonds have been warranted than the economy of Imperium is able to refund.

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, Rogue Trader corebook page 33, edited for Ultima Tectum campaign
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 STC tructural 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.

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.