Other Local Currencies

This page shows a few examples of other successful local currencies. Please click on the links below to see how these community based currencies have contributed to quality of life for the residents of their towns and cities.



Shire Silver started in New Hampshire and is where we heard about the card idea in the first place. They came up with the concept of wallet-sized precious metal cards and realized it should be shared with everyone. Then they helped us at Bluffs Silver get started.


Mountain Hours is community currency for Breckenridge, Colorado. It's denominated in time as this is a universally known measure. “Time is Money” and it is backed up by our labor. Unskilled labor typically will make about 1mtnHour for an hour worked. Semi-skilled, and highly skilled will earn as much as two parties agree on just as they do now. Obviously, a doctor or any brick and mortar business will have much more training, and overhead to cover.


Davis Dollars are a community currency that encourages people to spend locally and get to know each other. You can spend at some businesses, and also buy or sell goods and services from each other! And you can also post your own services.



Ithaca Hours  is a local currency system that promotes local economic strength and community self-reliance in ways which will support economic and social justice, ecology, community participation and human aspirations in and around Ithaca, New York. Ithaca Hours help to keep money local, building the Ithaca economy. It also builds community pride and connections. Over 900 participants publicly accept Ithaca HOURS for goods and services. Additionally some local employers and employees have agreed to pay or receive partial wages in Ithaca Hours, further continuing our goal of keeping money local.


Boulder Gaians are a tool for community empowerment with the intention of generating a society that connects each individual to their creative powers and their responsibility for creating a culture that we all want to live in. We guide producers, merchants and consumers to plant the seeds for a regenerative economic future; a future for their community which honors both our natural home and local culture.




Bay Bucks are a local currency system in Northern Michigan. By accepting and spending Bay Bucks you support local community enterprise, help build social capital and regional economic resilience. Unlike federal dollars, Bay Bucks are spent into existence--not lent at interest into existence. Because it is backed by the faith and trust of this community, the wealth Bay Bucks represents stays at or near home, and holds the promise of helping us all live better.



Lakota Currency is another example of a .999 fine precious metal currency but comes in coin form. The Lakota Indian Nation considers paper money to be the root cause of most injustice in the world. Objective money, currency minted from gold, silver and copper, can’t be artificially created and loaned into circulation. Its high acquisition, refinement and production cost limits the speed at which it enters the marketplace. The very nature of the work required to place it into circulation helps establish its value in the marketplace.