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'''Currency''' referred to the practice of using items with a somewhat universal value, namely precious [[metal]]s, [[gem]]s, and some minerals to determine wealth and in trade for goods and services. The most common forms of currency in everyday transactions among sentient beings of the [[Forgotten Realms|Realms]] were coins (or "pieces"). Usually, most coins were made of [[gold]], [[silver]], and [[copper]]. Less frequently, coins made of [[platinum]], [[electrum]], and even [[iron]] were also found. In all cases, the standard for measuring wealth was the gold piece, even if neither gold nor coins were involved in a transaction.<ref name="PHB5e-p143">{{Cite book/Player's Handbook 5th edition|143}}</ref><ref name="SCAG5e-p13" />
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'''Currency''' referred to the practice of using items with a somewhat universal value, namely precious [[metal]]s, [[gem]]s, and some minerals to determine wealth and in trade for goods and services. The most common forms of currency in everyday transactions among sentient beings of the [[Forgotten Realms|Realms]] were coins (or "pieces"). Usually, most coins were made of [[gold]], [[silver]], and [[copper]]. Less frequently, coins made of [[platinum]], [[electrum]], and even [[iron]] were also found. In all cases, the standard for measuring wealth was the gold piece, even if neither gold or coins were involved in a transaction.<ref name="PHB5e-p143">{{Cite book/Player's Handbook 5th edition|143}}</ref><ref name="SCAG5e-p13" />
   
A standard gold piece (gp) weighed {{SI|0.32|oz|long=yes}}, so 50 coins weighed about {{SI|1|lb|long=yes}}.<ref name="PHB5e-p143" /> Each piece was typically a flat disk 1{{Frac|4}} or {{SI|1.25|in|c|long=yes}} in diameter and {{Frac|8}} or {{SI|0.125|in|m|long=yes}} thick.<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" /><ref group="note">Unfortunately, for both of these statements to be true, a typical gold coin had very little gold in it and was either alloyed with a ''much'' lighter metal, like aluminum, or was made of a gold-clad wooden disk. The density of gold is 19.32 g/cm³ and a pure gold coin of those dimensions would weigh about {{SI|1.7|oz|long=yes}} or over five times the weight of a "standard" coin. This suggests that the dimensions of a standard coin should be smaller and thinner.</ref>
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A standard gold piece (gp) weighed 0.32 oz (9.07 g), so that 1 lb (454 g) of gold was worth 50 gp.<ref name="PHB5e-p143" />
   
 
The penalty for counterfeiting was death in most places, since cities, kingdoms, and nations relied on the acceptance and trust of their currency.<ref name="CotR-9">{{Cite book/Forgotten Realms Campaign Set/Cyclopedia of the Realms|9}}</ref>
 
The penalty for counterfeiting was death in most places, since cities, kingdoms, and nations relied on the acceptance and trust of their currency.<ref name="CotR-9">{{Cite book/Forgotten Realms Campaign Set/Cyclopedia of the Realms|9}}</ref>
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{{Currency table|1 platinum piece|1 platinum |10 gold|100 silver |1000 copper}}
 
{{Currency table|1 platinum piece|1 platinum |10 gold|100 silver |1000 copper}}
   
During this period, [[Baldur's Gate]] had consolidated the trade bar standards. This time period also saw the appearance of trade bars made of several different metals, including gold (although those were still rare at the time) and [[iron]] (although its value was not standardized outside of [[Mirabar]]). Trade bars were most commonly found in weights of {{SI|1|lb|k}}, {{SI|2|lb|k}}, {{SI|5|lb|k}}, and {{SI|10|lb|k}}. Standard values were the following: a {{SIAdj|1|lb|k}} silver bar was worth 5 gp and a {{SIAdj|1|lb|k}} gold bar was worth 50 gp.<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
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During this period, [[Baldur's Gate]] had consolidated the trade bar standards. This time period also saw the appearance of trade bars made of several different metals, including gold (although those were still rare at the time) and [[iron]] (although its value was not standardized outside of [[Mirabar]]). Trade bars were most commonly found in 1, 2, 5, and 10 lb weights (0.45, 0.91, 2.27, and 4.54 kg, respectively). Standard values were the following: a 1-lb silver bar was worth 5 gp and a 1-lb gold bar was worth 50 gp.<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
   
 
===As of [[1479 DR]]===
 
===As of [[1479 DR]]===
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{{Currency table|1 platinum piece|1 platinum|10 gold|20 electrum|100 silver|1000 copper}}
 
{{Currency table|1 platinum piece|1 platinum|10 gold|20 electrum|100 silver|1000 copper}}
   
During this period, silver once again became the standard for trade bar currency. Most common trade bars of this period weighed {{SI|5|lb|k|long=yes}}, measuring {{SI|6|in|c}} by {{SI|2|in|c}} by {{SI|1|in|c}} and valued at 25 gp.<ref name="SCAG5e-p13" /> Trade bars of other materials also existed. A gold bar weighing {{SI|1|lb|long=yes}} was worth 50 gp; the same weight of copper was worth 5 sp; {{SI|1|lb|long=yes}} of silver was worth 5 gp; and a {{SIAdj|1|lb}} bar of platinum was worth 500 gp.<ref name=PHB5e-p157>{{Cite book/Player's Handbook 5th edition|157}}</ref>
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During this period, silver once again became the standard for trade bar currency. Most common trade bars of this period weighed 5 lb (2.27 kg), measuring 6×2×1 inches (15.2×5.1×2.5 cm) and valued at 25 gp.<ref name="SCAG5e-p13" /> Trade bars of other materials also existed. A gold bar weighing 1 lb (454 g) was worth 50 gp; the same weight of copper was worth 5 sp; 1 lb of silver was worth 5 gp; and a 1-lb bar of platinum was worth 500 gp.<ref name=PHB5e-p157>{{Cite book/Player's Handbook 5th edition|157}}</ref>
   
 
==Coinage Throughout the Realms==
 
==Coinage Throughout the Realms==
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===Lantan===
 
===Lantan===
Trade bars from [[Lantan]] were flat envelope-shaped bars of worked [[steel]] marked with the great wheel of [[Gond]]. They were worth 20 gp each and used primarily along the [[Sword Coast]].<ref name="FRA-129" />
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Trade bars from [[Lantan]] were flat envelope-shaped bars of worked steel marked with the great wheel of [[Gond]]. They were worth 20 gp each and used primarily along the [[Sword Coast]].<ref name="FRA-129" />
   
 
===Maztica===
 
===Maztica===
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===Silverymoon===
 
===Silverymoon===
[[File:Swordcoastcurrency.png|thumb|250px|''The eclipsed moon from Silverymoon, the waterdhavian pierced [[harbor moon]], and Sembian triangular hawks.'']]
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[[File:Silverymoon_currency-5e.jpg|thumb|200px|''The eclipsed moon from Silverymoon, the waterdhavian pierced [[harbor moon]], and Sembian triangular hawks.'']]
 
{{Main|Coinage in Silverymoon}}
 
{{Main|Coinage in Silverymoon}}
   
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* copper piece: "[[bit]]"
 
* copper piece: "[[bit]]"
   
===Zhentil Keep===
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=== Zhentil Keep ===
 
Instead of referring to the coins by their material, most people would call them by their original government-issued name, except for the ones minted at [[Zhentil Keep]], which had unflattering nicknames given to them by [[Zhent]]s.<ref name="SCAG5e-p13" />
 
Instead of referring to the coins by their material, most people would call them by their original government-issued name, except for the ones minted at [[Zhentil Keep]], which had unflattering nicknames given to them by [[Zhent]]s.<ref name="SCAG5e-p13" />
   
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===Gems===
 
===Gems===
 
[[Gem]]s were even rarer than metals and required great skill in mining, cutting, and polishing. Gems had great value because people desired them for their beauty and often wore them in jewelry. The arcane [[Magic|Arts]] also required certain gems as spell components, which increased their rarity even more, as they were consumed in the casting of powerful spells.<ref name="VGtATM2e-p34-54">{{Cite book/Volo's Guide to All Things Magical|34-54}}</ref>
 
[[Gem]]s were even rarer than metals and required great skill in mining, cutting, and polishing. Gems had great value because people desired them for their beauty and often wore them in jewelry. The arcane [[Magic|Arts]] also required certain gems as spell components, which increased their rarity even more, as they were consumed in the casting of powerful spells.<ref name="VGtATM2e-p34-54">{{Cite book/Volo's Guide to All Things Magical|34-54}}</ref>
 
===Pearls===
 
Certain underwater races used [[pearl]]s as currency rather than coins. The value of this currency changed according to several factors: the size of the pearl, measured from a standard of {{SI|0.25|in|m|long=yes}}; its rarity; and quality. In the [[Sea of Fallen Stars]], the value of a pearl was determined by its color:<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
 
 
* white pearl, or "seyar": 1 cp undersea and 2 sp ashore;<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
 
* yellow pearl, or "hayar": 1 sp undersea and 2 gp ashore;<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
 
* green pearl, or "tayar": 1 gp undersea and 20 gp on land;<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
 
* blue pearl, or "nuyar": 5 gp undersea and 100 gp on land;<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
 
* olive pearl, or "olmar", {{SI|7|in|c|long=yes}} long, {{SI|3|in|c|long=yes}} wide, and diamond-shaped: 500 gp undersea and over 2,000 gp ashore.<ref name="FRCS3e-p91" />
 
   
 
===Gond Bells===
 
===Gond Bells===
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==Appendix==
 
==Appendix==
===Notes===
 
{{Notes}}
 
 
===Gallery===
 
===Gallery===
 
;Waterdhavian currency:
 
;Waterdhavian currency:
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File:Harbor moon-5e.jpg|A platinum/[[electrum]] [[harbor moon]]
 
File:Harbor moon-5e.jpg|A platinum/[[electrum]] [[harbor moon]]
 
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===Notes===
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{{Notes}}
 
===References===
 
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