"I did more research, and realized I almost would rather be a biologist than a writer, because there was incredible stuff going on!"
This familiar currency unit, the "dollar" of the future, was Campbell's idea.
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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