A Gold Coin (side A)

Close-up of a single gold coin (side A)

A Gold Coin (side B)

Close-up of a single gold coin (side B)

Gold Coins are used as a currency for services in the underworld, instead of paper money or credit card, as these coins are mostly untraceable by the banks or authority.

The coins are used mostly in the Continental hotel chains for various underworld services but other underworld services can also be paid by the coins.


numerous stacks of gold coins in Wick's "safe"


The currency used in the underworld is a special type of gold coin. While their use is universal in this criminal society, there is not a consistent exchange rate and it is unknown if the coins can be exchanged for cash. The coins can be exchanged for various goods and services in the underworld, be it a knife, an AR-15, a single night at The Continental, clean-up, and disposal of dead bodies, or a bar tab.[1] Since many underworld businesses are disguised as legitimate ones, the presentation of a coin allows access to otherwise hidden services.


Viggo Tarasov's personal stash of gold coins.

Despite the reliance on the gold coins, assassination contracts are assigned with a value designated in US dollars, possibly emphasizing that value is based on the individual.[1]

The gold coins have images and Latin phrases on both sides. On one side, a lion stands in front of a shield emblazoned with the sun as beams of the sunshine from behind it. At the top of the coin is the phrase "Ens Causa Sui," or "Something generated within itself." At the bottom are the Roman numerals MMI for 2001. On the reverse side is a person with a shield emblazoned with a cross. Below the person is a large laurel. Above the person is the phrase "Ex Unitae Vires," or "Out of unity comes strength."[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Colbert, Stephen M. “The Mythology of John Wick Explained.” Screen Rant, Valnet Inc., 13 Feb. 2017,
  2. Kaplan, Daniel. “What Type of Coins Does John Wick Use in the Film?” Quora, Quora, 16 Apr. 2017,
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