Spanish Peseta Featured in Resident Evil

Last week we brought you the crazy fact that the Rupees seen in Legend of Zelda are named after a real world currency.  Well, it turns out it’s not the only real world form of money that’s found in a video game.

The world of Resident Evil 4 also uses a type of money that was actually in circulation, the Peseta.  This currency, which I don’t recall being seen on screen in Resident Evil 4 was the form of currency used in Spain 1869 until it was replaced by the Euro in 2002.

Unlike many forms of currency that use a single symbol to denote it being used when written down the Peseta used a number of different abbreviations including Pt, Pta, and Pts.  The Peseta was worth .29 grams of gold and in 1967 it converted to U.S Dollars at the rate of 70 pesetas to $1.

The events of Resident Evil 4 took place in 2004 meaning the peseta had been out of circulation for more than 2 years.  Hope Leon spent all that money before he left the village

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2 responses to “Spanish Peseta Featured in Resident Evil

  1. Old people still think in terms of Pesetas, and even now, in very modern supermarkets, things are labelled in both currencies, even such simple things as fruits and vegetables if they are pre-packed. And I have overheard young people comparing house prices in millions of pesetas rather than thousands of Euros.

    Partly that may be due to the construuction bubble which changed all price relations so fast that it became difficult to decide what was cheap and what was expensive.

    • I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have to go through the shock of completely changing the type of money you have to use. You get so used to doing it one way and understanding what everything is worth and then all of the sudden have to completely switch the way you think. I can imagine it’s a very jarring experience.

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