In the Original Series
In Galactica 1980
In the Re-imagined Series
The cubit typically comes in both a coin and paper form used for at least a century (CAP: "Pilot" and "Apotheosis"), and existing within a decade following the Fall of the Twelve Colonies (TRS: "Miniseries", "Daybreak, Part III"). The art and layout for both coin and paper forms exhibit minimal change despite the decades.
The paper version is shown to come in denominations of 100, 500 (TRS: "Act of Contrition") and 1000 (TRS: Miniseries, Colonial Day); there are very likely others in smaller denominations. The paper version also includes the shorthand for cubit "cb", next to the number it denotes. Coin versions of cubits also exist and bear the icon of the colony of origin on at one side with the Colonial seal on the other, and are coined in both gold- and silver-color metals (TRS: "Black Market").
Currency within the refugee fleet led by Galactica became technically worthless as pointed out by Tom Zarek. However, President Roslin's administration strives to address this. Presidential aide Wallace Gray is instrumental in a move to return the Fleet to a currency-based economy to allow commerce in the Fleet to continue, so this form of currency is still utilized (TRS: "Colonial Day").
Closeup of cash clearly shows a 1000 cubit note
Another closeup shows a possible 10 and 100 (?) cubit note as well
Closeup of cubit coins
- The Cubit is an ancient unit of measurement used by various civilizations (varying in size between them). It is mentioned several times in the Bible, most prominently in the Old Testament descriptions of Noah's Ark and the Temple of Solomon. The natural cubit is based on the distance between thumb and another finger to the elbow on an average person, around 1.5 feet (0.5m).
- As a system of currency, the Cubit is somewhat analogous to the Euro, the international currency of much of the European Union. Cubits, like Euros, are universally accepted across all twelve Colonies and were the common currency long before the federal government was established with the signing of the Articles of Colonization (Caprica).
- The artwork for the Colonial cubits used in the show includes the phrase "Seventh Millennium of Time". This is a nod to the Original Series, as that series's opening is set just before the seventh millennium of time. The artwork also includes a previous concept of the Colonial "bird" seal drawn by Ken Rabehl.
- All text and numbers on the Colonial cubits used in the show use the typeface Abduction  .