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Quark with gold-pressed latinum bars
Latinum is a valuable material in the Star Trek universe that has evolved into a common currency among various alien races.

In its natural state, latinum is a silver liquid[1]. It has no known industrial uses, but its rarity and the fact that it cannot be replicated have made it a valuable substance. For ease of handling, it is often placed within strips, bars, or bricks of gold - hence its informal name of "gold-pressed latinum." Latinum-plated jewels or tools are considered valuable items[2].

Latinum is the standard currency of the Ferengi,[3] Bolian, and Lissepian[4] central banks and the de facto currency for interstellar trade by independent systems[5].


  1. DS9 "Who Mourns for Morn"
  2. DS9 "Family Business"
  3. DS9 "Ferengi Love Songs"
  4. DS9 "Who Mourns for Morn"
  5. DS9 "Prodigal Daughter"