Hell of a Summer
Merchants and nobles often use letters of credit to handle large transactions, drawing on the reserves of the dwarvish banks of the Mror Holds. For large transactions requiring cash, trade bars are available as an alternative to loose coins. The vast majority of day-to-day transactions, though, use coins made of precious metal. With the collapse of the Kingdom of Galifar, each of the Five Nations began to mint its own currency along with the Mror bankers.
However, while the designs of the coins vary based on the source, each of these issuers continues to use the same metals, weights, and denominations established in the days of Galifar, maintaining a simple standard for commerce across Khorvaire.
- The crown (CP) is made from copper and traditionally depicts the crown of Galifar on one face. Worth 1/10th of a sovereign, the crown was the lowest denomination of coin minted under the rule of Galifar, which spawned the saying “In Galifar, even the beggars have crowns.”
- The sovereign (SP) is made from silver, and bears the face of a living or recent ruler. The standard unit of currency, most unskilled laborers can expect to earn a sovereign for a day’s work.
- The galifar (GP) is made from gold. It is worth 10 sovereigns and bears the image of Galifar I, the founder of the old kingdom.
- The platinum dragon (PP) bears the image of one of the dragons of legend. With a value of one hundred sovereigns, these coins are used only by the wealthiest citizens of Khorvaire, and the average peasant may never see such a coin.
There are a number of other coins in circulation, such as the Brelish double crown or the silver throne of Cyre, which has a value of five sovereigns. Still, all of the major nations make use of the four basic coins described above.