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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Credit  
  A basic unit of currency.  

This familiar currency unit, the "dollar" of the future, was Campbell's idea.

Right enough, and tell me why I have to build that five-million credit flying laboratory.
From The Mightiest Machine, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1934
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Compare to the more elaborate truffle skins from Philip K. Dick's 1965 novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. Also, take a look at the wide variety of alien currencies in the comments to this story on a New Space Currency.

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