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There are many transliterations of the currency: Berry, Beli, Berri. Which one is the official one?

The Navy just give large bounties for pirates, Buggy has a 15 million bounty and Luffy has a 30 million. Would Luffy's bounty be an equivalent to 30 million Yen?

What would be the real world value of the currency used in One Piece?

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In the original, it's called Beli in English. However, if the Japanese word is translated correctly, it's Beri - it's a feature of the Japanese language (look at SingerOfTheFalls answer). However, it differs in different languages: for example in Germany, it's Berry.

To compare the prices:

  • One cabbage loaf: 150 Beli
  • A Bon Chari: 500 Beli for renting, 10,000 Beli for buying
  • A Doskoi Panda brand shirt: 10,000 Beli
  • Nami's Jacket: 28,800 Beli

Regarding Luffy's bounty would be an equivalent to 30 million Yen,

30 million Beli on Luffy's head is a little bit old; his current bounty is 400 million Beli.

Quote:

Fourth Bounty: Defeating yet another Shichibukai (Gekko Moriah), attacking a World Noble, causing an unprecedented breakout from Impel Down, participating in the Whitebeard War, and by intruding Marine Headquarters a second time and ringing the Ox Bell 16 times (which was taken as a declaration of war), Luffy's bounty has gone up 100,000,000 more to make a total of Beli symbol 400,000,000 making it the third highest active bounty known. The public revelation of his relation to Monkey D. Dragon may also have influenced it.

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    If you assume $1.50 for a head of cabbage in the US the numbers work nicely. $288 for Nami's jacket, $300k on Luffys head at the start. Zoro wanted to buy 2 swords in LogueTown for 100k beli or $500 USD each (which would be cheapest swords) but his white sword was worth ~28M beli or USD $280k. – Robert Dec 21 '12 at 18:39
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    I used the first one because people may have not watched recent episodes. – Blue Dec 21 '12 at 23:53
  • @Robert Interestingly 1 US dollar also equals about 100 Japanese Yen (120). So maybe, just maybe 1 bely = 1 yen and is it based on the Japanese currency. – Peter Raeves Mar 27 '15 at 10:48
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In One Piece, the currency is called ベリ.

  • Is kana for "be", no mistake can be made here.
  • Is kana for "ri".

However, in Japanese, there is no "real" 'l' or 'r' sounds, so it would sound like something between 'r' in 'rock' and 'l' in 'lock'. Native speakers can pronounce it in different ways, with 'l', with 'r' or with a mix of both, it still stays the same kana.

It's pretty much the same as with "Horo"/"Holo". So the correct romanization would be either "Beri" or "Beli". "Berry" probably appeared because "beri" sounds similar to "berry", and "berry" is an actual English world, or maybe there was another reason.


As for the prices, looper's answer already mentions some of them .

To compare the prices:

  • One cabbage loaf: 150 Beli
  • A Bon Chari: 500 Beli for renting, 10,000 Beli for buying
  • A Doskoi Panda brand shirt: 10,000 Beli
  • Namis Jacket: 28,800 Beli
  • So that's why its Zolo jn the manga and Zoro in the anime? – user4767 May 4 '14 at 21:59
  • Yes, that's exactly the same idea. Similarly, you might notice some people pronouncing "arigatou" like "a Li gatou." The sounds are very similar in Japanese. – anonymous Jul 1 '15 at 21:18
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People seem to read past your second question, but yes Luffy's bounty was an equivalent to 30 million Yen. As said in the trivia section of the wiki page on Beli, both the appearance and denomination of the beri closely resembles the Japanese Yen...

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.

...and so does its value.

Some Images for comparison:

Beli

One Piece Beli bills and coins

Yen bills Yen coins

Real Japanese Yen bills and coins

For reference I put a few prices below gotten from the wiki page. Comparing them to contemporary slave prices or terrorist bounties, it seems that we put more value on human life than in the One Piece universe and have somewhat higher prices going on, but when comparing everyday objects like a cabbage loaf, jacket or brand shirt, it seems that the prices pretty much resemble current Japan prices. Therefore it is safe to say that Oda based the One Piece currency on the currency of his home country Japan.[A reference of Oda confirming this would be nice, but I could not seem to find any]

  • One cabbage loaf: 150
  • Doskoi Panda brand shirt: 10,000
  • Nami's jacket: 28,800
  • Human slaves: 500,000+
  • Portgas D. Ace's now inactive 550,000,000 bounty
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    Well if we have confirmed that its about 1 dollar is 1000 berry or beli, then this reminds me that how sad the Arlong Arc was. I mean, Bellamere only had to pay 2k every month to keep the entire family alive. Which isn't that much then. – user18222 Sep 29 '15 at 20:36
  • @CarlosTorres "Only" 2k dollars per month?! For normal people, that is A LOT! And going by the fact she lives in a cabin out in the woods, she probably makes much less than your average person. – Peter Raeves Sep 30 '15 at 10:14
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The author have clarified it in S.B.S corner (a Q&A corner, may not be available for non-Japanese, or non-Korean readers), that one "BELI" worth 1 yen.

Now it's about 80 cents for 100 yen, but it is more appropriate to see it as 1 dollar for 100 yen, so 30M Beli would equal to 300K USD.

  • you probably mean 1USD = 100Yen? and 30M Beli/Yen = 300K USD? Additionally, here you can find the English SBS translations. Could you provide a link or mention to which specific SBS you are referring to? For example "Oda clarified in the SBS of volume X in chapter X"? – Peter Raeves Jul 1 '15 at 10:46
  • @PeterRaeves Looks like it's from SBS vol 53 chapter 518, but that's only stating about the appearance and denomination from Japanese bills, though many (Japanese fans included) interpolate it to "1 Beli = 1 Yen". – Aki Tanaka Jun 29 '18 at 4:24
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I find in Skypia ark when the crew don't pay for entrance, Guards say they need to pay 10 billions xtals for each one and all will be 70 billions and rate of xtals per belly is 10000 xtals for 1 belly, that means they need to pay 7 millons belley for all crew. Sanji say that for this price he can buy 1 ton of rice, at the moment rate for 1 ton of rice is around 408 USD on 19/03/2019 from that we can calculate that 1$ ~ 17156 Belly. At the last in this ark Luffys reward is 100 millions belly in USD will be ~582$ dead or alive.

  • I do not watch this anime but the way you got your answer was, I think, wrong. The price of something changes over time. Also, check your calculations. There are online calculators around the Internet. Also, include relevant sources from the anime to support information you mentioned. – W. Are Mar 19 at 22:18

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