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Belly Note Chapter 95

A banknote as depicted in the manga.

The subject of this article is sometimes called Beli.

Belly (ベリー Berī?) represented by the belly sign: Beli is the unit of monetary currency in the One Piece universe. It is almost exclusively depicted in paper form although coins do exist. Although closely resembling the United States dollar bills, the large values on the notes harken to the Japanese yen. The belly has no fractional unit.

In the SBS of Volume 53, Oda showed the designs on the coins and notes of One Piece.

Distribution of WealthEdit

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.[1]

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 Hats 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. 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.[2] 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.[3]

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 Charloss bid in the Human Auctioning House. And most note worthy, he bid this amount off the mark and no one else could counter his bid in the auction house ending the sale of Keimi then and there. His father merely noting his 'waste of money', indicating they have even more wealth than this and while this amount is still considered a waste, it means they do not go through the same scale of financial concerns as the rest of the world. Also, while the limit of bounties is unknown, the highest known amount for any bounty is Portgas D. Ace with Beli550,000,000. However the fact the officials would consider offering this amount also indicates that the treasury for holding bounty rewards has a considerable amount of money to offer or are at least willing to offer and part with that high of an amount.

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 as 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 used nearly worldwide, some isolated countries have their own currencies. As of now, two such currencies were mentioned:
  • The extol (エクストル, Ekusutoru) is the currency used in Skypiea. Normally, it is written as a capital "E" with a vertical slash through it like a dollar sign: Esymbol. The extol seems to be pegged to the belly, as there are Esymbol10,000 per Beli1.[7] Nothing else is known about the extol.
  • Gor (ゴル, Goru) is used on Amazon Lily.[8] Nothing else is known about it.
  • 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 Japan in the Edo period.
  • 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.


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.
Money SBS 53
The character of the left note is Yukichi Skull, the middle character is Ichiro Kumaguchi and the one of the right is Hideo Usaguchi.

Translation and Dub IssuesEdit

It should be noted that because of the phonology, multiple English spellings exist; the most common among fans is "beli", although "beri" is also used. "Berri" and "belly" are used too but are somewhat uncommon. "Berry" for singular and "Berries" for plural are used in the English versions. The author has spelled it both as "berry"[citation needed] and "belly" on the actual bills.[9]

TriviaEdit

  • Nami's eyes tend to take the shape of the symbol of belly when she hears that a large amount of money is involved. Especially when explaining that what she is doing has nothing to do with the money.
  • In appearance and denomination, the belly closely resembles the Japanese Yen (日本円 Nihon En). The characters Yukichi Skull, Ichiro Kumaguchi, and Hideo Usaguchi portrayed on the belly banknotes are a pun on Hideyo Noguchi, Ichiyō Higuchi and Fukuzawa Yukichi portrayed on the corresponding yen banknotes. "Kuma" and "usa" mean bear and rabbit.
  • The belly' symbol closely resemble Thailand's baht: ฿ (baht) / Beli Small (belly).

ReferencesEdit

  1. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 14, Doskoi Panda revealed.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 501 and Episode 395, slave prices revealed by auction house price list.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 431 and Episode 313, Franky talks about about Adam Wood.
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 49 Chapter 476, Sanji is buying cabbage loafs in the title picture.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 Chapter 497, a salesman is trying to sell bon charis to Luffy and Chopper.
  6. One Piece Manga — Vol. 17 Chapter 150, Nami angry at Luffy ruining her jacket.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 26 Chapter 242, the exchange rate for the extol is provided.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 Chapter 522, Nerine makes a business out of Luffy by charging 20 Gor per touch.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 11 Chapter 95, On the 10.000 bill, it's written "Belly".

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