|For an overview of legion coinage, see Legion coinage.|
Legion aureus is a type of currency in Fallout: New Vegas.
Caesar's Legion uses two types of coinage, the denarius and aureus, as their main form of currency. They are presumably named after the Roman coins of the same names. They are minted by the Legion from scavenged silver and gold, with each coin bearing the profile of Caesar. Despite Caesar's poor relations with the other factions in New Vegas, Legion currency is still accepted as payment in the Mojave Wasteland, even from NCR merchants, owing to the precious metals the denarius and aureus are minted from. The exchange rate is 4 bottle caps to 1 denarius, and 100 bottle caps to 1 aureus.
The aureus (gold), which bears the portrait of the older Caesar on one side and the symbol of the 10th Legion (the bull) on the other. The inscriptions are in Latin, "Aeternit Imperi" meaning "For the eternity of the empire" on the front and "Pax Per Bellum" meaning "Peace through War" on the back.
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- A non-currency item versions of Legion aureus exist within the game files of Fallout: New Vegas, but were not included in the final game. These versions are identical to the standard currency, but their trade value is affected by the player's Barter skill.
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The Legion aureus is the most rare form of currency in the Mojave Wasteland, and can only be found in a limited number of locations. Caesar's Praetorian Guard typically carry 2 Aurei each. The currency can also be obtained by cashing out at least 100 caps worth of poker chips for Legion money at any Casino. Some can also be found inside an average locked trunk in Bloodborne Cave, however this trunk is behind a very hard locked gate. A key, however, can be found at a campfire with a couple of chairs surrounding, further into the cave. They can also be found on Legion Assassins if your reputation with the legion is low enough.
- Dropping a stack of 33,000 or more Legion aureus breaks the game's 16-bit (4-hex) string used to store a number of items. This results in a stack of -32,000 Legion aureus which will disappear from the players inventory when picked up.
- The aureus is one of two forms of currency used by Caesar's Legion, the other being the Legion denarius. Of the two, the aureus is both the most valuable and the least commonly found.
- As with any form of currency in Fallout: New Vegas, Legion aureus is not affected by the player's Barter skill. The currency will always be valued at 100 caps, regardless of whether the player is buying or selling.
Behind the scenes
Side note: in the olden days when we planned to support post-Hoover play, I did want to introduce two new forms of currency in the event that the player supported an NCR or Legion victory: an NCR $500 bill with either President Kimball or Chief Hanlon on it, depending on the ending, and something commemorating the Courier on the back, also a Legion double aureus (worth 200 caps) commemorating the Courier on the back and conquered General Oliver on the front (in the style of Vercingetorix on Roman coins following Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul).”
Yes. One of the things I wanted for post-Hoover play (that never happened, obviously) was an actual double aureus coin in the game with General Oliver's face on one side and something symbolizing the Courier on the back, in the spirit of the conquered Vercingetorix coins minted to celebrate Julius Caesar's victories in Gaul.”