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Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Bells (ベル Beru?) are the currency used in the Animal Crossing series. They are used primarily to buy things from Nook's and Crazy Redd's as well as from villagers, Gracie, the Able Sisters, and Brewster, in addition to payment for services from Harriet and Katrina.
In Animal Crossing, the player could carry up to 849,999 Bells at any one time. In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, this is substantially expanded upon, as the player can have 99,999 Bells in their wallet and fifteen 99,000 Bell bags in their pockets, bringing the grand total to a maximum of 1,584,999 Bells on hand at any one time. As Animal Crossing: New Leaf has one slot in the pocket more than the previous games, the total is raised to 1,683,999 Bells. This can be further expanded by putting Bell bags into letters for an additional 990,000 Bells, but these do not count as on-hand as the player cannot access these funds to buy something.
Bells are most often seen in tan sacks with a dark brown star in the middle, tied with red rope at the top; however, they are actually coins if they are viewed as items in quantities of multiples of 100 (as opposed to 1,000 as is normal) in City Folk. In Animal Crossing, all money appeared in a sack, and nobody knew what a single bell looked like. In Wild World, if a player connects 1,000 or more Bells to another bell bag, the bag that the Player has connected another bell bag to will increase its size.
There are many ways to make Bells: the player can sell items and fruit, do favors for villagers, or even shake trees for money. The player can also make a Money Tree by burying Bells with a golden shovel. Money trees will not always grow, but when they do, they can be very profitable. Bell rocks can also gain the player money. By hitting the bell rock (a randomly selected pre-existing rock) in a town with a shovel or an axe, 100 bells to 8,000 bells can pop out of the rock depending on how fast you hit it. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, hitting the rock with the Silver Shovel will rarely cause the bell rock to produce ores instead of bells, which can be used to refurbish furniture at Re-Tail or sold for a large sum of bells.
It is purported by some members of the community that one Bell is equivalent to one Japanese yen. If true, this would make one US dollar approximately equal to 100 Bells, and one pound sterling approximately equal to 150 Bells. This is further supported in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where items such as K.K. Slider's records cost 3,200 Bells to order, which is the typical cost of a music CD in Japan.