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The Federation credit was the monetary unit of the United Federation of Planets. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"; TAS: "Mudd's Passion"; TNG: "The Price")

Although it was stated on more than one occasion that the economy of the future was very different, and that money no longer existed in the Federation as late as the 24th century (Star Trek: First Contact) some sort of monetary system still existed and could be accessible to Federation citizens (see Other mentions below).

In the 24th century, some establishments would not accept Federation credits. (DS9: "In the Cards")

This explains why Jake (the son of a Starfleet officer, who would have had access to credits) was nonetheless unable to directly bid for the Willie Mays baseball card.

Other mentions

Ronald D. Moore commented: "By the time I joined TNG, Gene had decreed that money most emphatically did NOT exist in the Federation, nor did 'credits' and that was that. Personally, I've always felt this was a bunch of hooey, but it was one of the rules and that's that." (AOL chat, 1997)
A Template:ShipClass starship was stated to be worth several billion credits in the novel The Kobayashi Maru. In the DC Comics story "The Final Voyage", Spock's back pay was stated to be around 611,700 credits when the five-year mission ended. There are also many mentions of payment and currency in the TNG novel Balance of Power by Dafydd ab Hugh.

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