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Published Mar 15, 2020

Star Trek 101: Latinum

Let's get into the Ferengi's favorite currency.

gold pressed latinum

Star Trek 101 serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We're pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why , written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses The Original Series, , The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films.

Today, we share Star Trek 101 's file on Latinum.

Pure liquid latinum. which Quark estimates to be about 100 bricks' worth.

As Star Trek would have it, life is so rosy in the future that folks don’t have any need for money. (Don’t ask us how they get stuff — it’s one of Star Trek ’s fuzzier areas.) The Ferengi, on the other hand, love money — or rather, latinum, a highly precious liquid metal. It’s generally referred to as gold-pressed latinum, because it comes inside gold ingots, in denominations of slips, strips, bars, and bricks.

Gold pressed latinum

Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are coauthors of numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101; Star Trek Costumes: Fifty Years of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek: The Original Series 365; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion . They currently are writing the latest in their series of Ferengi novellas, which (so far) includes Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found) ; and Rules of Accusation . As noted, their most recent non- Trek book is Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History .

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Gold pressed latinum in 2376 .

Latinum was a rare substance which was prized by many civilizations in the Alpha Quadrant , including the Ferengi Alliance . For use as currency , liquid latinum was usually suspended within gold or gold dust which produced gold-pressed latinum . ( DS9 episode : " Who Mourns for Morn? "; CCG set: Rules of Acquisition , card: "Gold-Pressed Latinum")

Latinum is usable as a currency specie because it is one of the few materials incapable of being replicated . Gold, which can be replicated, is unusable as a currency specie, and is useful only as a container for liquid latinum, due to gold's non-reactive nature. ( TNG novel : Balance of Power )

  • 1 Denominations and design
  • 2 Sources and provenance
  • 3 Latinum mining locations
  • 5.1 Connections
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Denominations and design [ ]

Denominations of gold-pressed latinum, in order of increasing value, include the slip, the strip, the bar and the brick. One bar of gold-pressed latinum is equal to twenty strips or 2,000 slips of latinum. ( CCG set: Rules of Acquisition , card: "Gold-Pressed Latinum") The exchange rate for bricks is unknown, but Quark implies that bricks are worth considerably more than bars.

Latinum denominations also included dekabars, hectobars and kilobars. ( TNG novel : Balance of Power )

A latinum slip measures 2½ x ¼ x 1 inches, a strip measures 3½ x ½ x 2½ inches, a bar measures 5 × ½ × 2½ inches and a brick measures 8 x 1 x 4 inches. ( Star Trek Auction Listings )

The gold casing carried a maker's mark; the lack of such a mark normally indicated that the bar was stolen, or was counterfeit. ( SCE eBook : Malefictorum )

Maura's latinum

Single bar of gold pressed latinum in 2370

Sources and provenance [ ]

Latinum was found naturally in the form of crystals which can be mined . Such crystals typically formed near pockets of nickel , iron , pergium , or cobalt . ( DS9 novel : Devil in the Sky )

A Federation survey of the Davon system sometime before 2348 found traces of latinum on the moon Davonia . In 2355 , the planets and moons of the Maxia Zeta star system were discovered to be richly endowed with many minerals and materials, including latinum. And in 2370 a group of Horta discovered deposits of latinum on Baraddo , Bajor 's outermost moon . Daribund also had latinum deposits. ( DS9 novel : Devil in the Sky ; TNG - The Lost Era novel : The Buried Age )

A large amount of latinum supposedly exists underground on Ferenginar .( DS9 reference : Legends of the Ferengi )

Quark in the mirror universe had never heard of latinum, but it was used in the Alliance and previously in the Terran Empire . ( DS9 episode : " Crossover ", , ST novels : Dark Passions, Book One , Dark Passions, Book Two , ST short story : " Mirror Universe ", " The Greater Good ", " The Worst of Both Worlds ", " Bitter Fruit ")

Latinum mining locations [ ]

  • S'mtharz ( Federation )
  • Cillers ( Romulan , coordinates -4181, -40)
  • Maclyyn ( Klingon )
  • Hann ( Federation , coordinates -4836, -19)
  • Nasturta ( Romulan , coordinates -4540, -16)
  • Ciara ( Klingon )
  • Lainey ( Federation )
  • Biruin ( Romulan , coordinates -4048, -2)
  • Hoeven ( Klingon )
  • Losti ( Federation )
  • Koltiska ( Romulan , coordinates -4572, -146)
  • Phelan ( Klingon )
  • Noakyn ( Federation , coordinates -4763, 10)
  • Gradientes ( Romulan , coordinates -4383, 12)
  • H'Atoria ( Klingon )
  • Sinisser ( Federation )
  • Robeton ( Romulan , coordinates -4131, 30)
  • Vendor ( Romulan , coordinates -4209, 112)
  • Beta Penthe ( Klingon
  • Barnard's Star
  • Dessica ( Romulan , coordinates -4679, 407)

The Son'a used latinum to adorn their clothing and their furniture. ( ST movie : Insurrection )

Other uses for latinum include valuable brooches and earrings. ( DS9 episodes : " The Forsaken ", " Rules of Acquisition ")

The Olympic Games awarded latinum medals. ( DS9 - The Lives of Dax short story : " Old Souls ")

Appendices [ ]

Connections [ ], references [ ].

  • PIC novel : Firewall

External link [ ]

  • Latinum article at Memory Alpha , the wiki for canon Star Trek .
  • 2 Federation class
  • 3 Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

Carnac's Guide to Star Trek Fleet Command

The Ferengi D’Vor

Carnac | September 10, 2020 June 29, 2020 | Independent Ship , Ships

The Ferengi D’Vor is an ugly, ugly ship, but it’s one that does one thing very, very well. It mines Latinum. And Latinum makes the galaxy go round, or at least it allows you to purchase speed ups, common materials, resources, and ship parts that you don’t otherwise have. And mining Latinum will help you win on Ferengi Monday .

What the Ferengi D’Vor Good At

The D’Vor’s Ship Ability is Latinum Mining – it gives you a bonus in mining Raw Latinum. This starts out at 12,000% at Level 1 and maxes out at 17,500% when you get the ship to level 45. This gives the ship a tremendous advantage in this one area .

Keep in mind that not all Latinum nodes are created equal. Those that require a higher warp range will be higher than the lower systems. Suliban and the Borg space Latinum systems will be even higher. And some nodes are fast nodes, that produce Raw Latinum twice as fast as the other nodes in the system. You’ll be able to spot them by their brightness, and they “twinkle” a little.

Attack Piggy

If you’ve powered up your D’Vor enough, you can turn from a simple Piggy into it’s alter ego … ATTACK PIGGY. It’s really handy in sneaking up on other D’Vors, who won’t tend to see you as a threat. Generally, it takes a ship strength of 100,000+ or more to really do damage. And just about everybody agrees that “Attack Piggy” is fun to say.

It’s only got one weapon, but it’s a kinetic weapon. And to boot, it only fires every other turn. So you’re really only going to be attacking other D’Vors with this.

Crewing the Ferengi D’Vor

The Ferengi D’Vor has one obvious weakness that you discover soon after you launch it. It’s protected cargo is terrible. It gets better as you tier up the ship, but it’s never great, and since there is no dedicated officer who gives you a bonus for mining Latinum, you’ll want to use some of your crew members to increase the protected cargo.

My recommendation for the best D’Vor crew is Joaquin as captain, and T’Pring as one of your officers.

For the third officer, you’ve got a few options. If you’ve got Ten of Ten (the Borg Tribble), then he’s your best bet. His mining speed option is going to make a huge difference in your mining rate.

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Over what has been almost 60 years of Star Trek the franchise has added a plethora of world-filling details, from surprisingly intricate spaceship design rules to socio-political infrastructures for the various different races shown on and off-screen. Each new race brings with them an entire culture of artifacts, history, and politics. Among the concepts introduced with the different alien civilizations, one of the most interesting is the prize for any eagle-eyed Ferengi: Latinum. But what exactly is this alluring substance?

While Latinum is primarily associated with the Ferengi, they are not the only culture in the franchise to use it. It is frequently used as currency by the Cardassians. From time to time when situation dictates it, even the Federation, normally so opposed to the concept of money , will use Latinum in trade. In fact, it was the most common form of currency used within the Alpha Quadrant, far exceeding any earth metal or electronic currently used today. The currency was first introduced within the unexpectedly dark and gritty Deep Space 9 series, during the season one episode “Past Prologue,” and has been a staple of the franchise ever since.

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Latinum may look to be a sci-fi simulation of bars of gold. However, the substance is actually most commonly found in a liquid state. While it can be frozen or mixed with other substances to solidify it, the most common way to store it is to suspend the liquid in gold or gold dust. These are the bars that frequently appear in Star Trek media, and this form is dubbed gold-pressed Latinum.

This was a smart move from the perspective of the writers. Choosing to portray the currency's appearance like bars of gold made modern-day audiences associate it with high value. The fact that gold was used to encase the much more precious material only added to the notion that this was an incredibly sought-after and costly material, literally more precious than gold. Latinum itself was found naturally in the galaxy. It was normally found in the form of mineable crystals found near pockets of various other, previously sought-after metals such as cobalt.

Latinum worked so well as currency throughout the majority of the Alpha Quadrant not only because it was an incredibly rare substance, but it was impossible to replicate (yet another example of the limitations of replicator technology ). This relates to why things like gold and diamonds, both highly valuable in today's society, are no longer worth anything in the world of Star Trek. Because they can be replicated easily, they have been stripped of any value as a currency. Dilithium is another substance impossible (so far) to replicate, as its molecular structure is so complex no known replicator is able to recreate it artificially.

The in-universe reason for using gold to encase liquid Latinum is that gold is a non-reactive metal. As such, there were no worries that the gold would affect, dilute, or taint the Latinum within. To be used as an efficient currency, gold-pressed Latinum is often broken down into different sizes. The most commonly used forms are slips, strips, bars, and bricks, but it’s likely that some eccentric and incredibly wealthy Ferengi may also have entire swimming pools of the stuff.

It is suggested that one bar of gold-pressed Latinum (measuring approximately 0.5 x 2.5 x 5 inches) is worth twenty strips, and one strip (0.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inches) is equal to 100 slips (2.5 x 0.75 x 1 inches). The worth of a brick is never specifically stated, but Quark notes that it is worth considerably more than a bar.

As with any fictitious substance, it's hard to get a real reading on how much Latinum is actually worth by today's standards of currency. It’s shown time and again to be highly desirable. The bars themselves hold such a small amount that even a small cup full of the pure stuff was worth a fortune. The writers did try and sprinkle in some comparable examples. The mysterious, and often nefarious Garek of Deep Space 9 sells his exquisitely tailored dresses for around 20 strips. A custom holosuite program from Quark costs one bar, and Quark himself pays his dabo girls fourteen strips per pay cycle (the Star date equivalent to per month).

While Latimum was often a secondary thought for most human/Starfleet characters, audiences do find out approximately how much the Ferengi main characters have stored away in their accounts. The numbers speak words for their varying successes in the world of acquisition. The lovable Nog has five bars, while his father Rom has 17 bars. Quark, unsurprisingly, has one hundred bricks and six hundred bars — a staggering amount even for a Ferengi money hoarder.

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    Latinum is now considered the go-to currency in the Star Trek universe because it's so rare and can't be replicated. Gold (Au) and diamonds (a gem made of carbon atoms linked together in a lattice structure) on the other hand can be dug up by scratching around in the dirt on earth and other planets and can also apparently be replicated.

  2. Star Trek 101: Latinum

    Star Trek 101: Latinum. Let's get into the Ferengi's favorite currency. By Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. Star Trek 101 serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans.

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    9 Answers. Sorted by: 64. According to several sources, including the TNG novel "Balance of Power", latinum is described as being so dense and complex that the replicators are unable to restructure matter into a form that duplicates it. In its natural state, latinum is a liquid which is mined from certain types of nebulae.

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    From the Memory-Alpha entry on Latinum: Slips - One hundred slips of gold-pressed latinum are equal to one strip. Strips - Twenty strips are equal to one bar of latinum. Bars - The exchange rate from bars to bricks is unknown. Bricks; One bar of gold-pressed latinum is equal to twenty strips which is equal to 2,000 slips of latinum.

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    Star Trek. Latinum was a rare substance which was prized by many civilizations in the Alpha Quadrant, including the Ferengi Alliance. For use as currency, liquid latinum was usually suspended within gold or gold dust which produced gold-pressed latinum.

  6. The Ferengi D'Vor

    What the Ferengi D’Vor Good At. The D’Vor’s Ship Ability is Latinum Mining – it gives you a bonus in mining Raw Latinum. This starts out at 12,000% at Level 1 and maxes out at 17,500% when you get the ship to level 45.

  7. Star Trek: What Is Latinum?

    These are the bars that frequently appear in Star Trek media, and this form is dubbed gold-pressed Latinum. This was a smart move from the perspective of the writers. Choosing to portray the ...

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    Latinum is a non-replicatable liquid that is used as a currency among many Alpha Quadrant powers, notably the Ferengi Alliance. It is often infused in blocks of gold for handling and transportation. Gold, being worthless, is used probably for its historical associations with wealth and currency. Reply reply. DDE93. •. Is it corrosive?