The Forgotten Realms Wiki

Editing

Currency

1
  • The edit can be undone. Please check the comparison below to verify that this is what you want to do, and then save the changes below to finish undoing the edit. If you are undoing an edit that is …
Latest revision Your text
Line 36: Line 36:
 
| alignment =
 
| alignment =
 
}}
 
}}
'''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" />
+
'''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>
+
A standard gold piece (gp) weighed {{SI|0.32|oz|long=yes}}, so that {{SI|1|lb|long=yes}} 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>
Line 265: Line 265:
   
 
==Appendix==
 
==Appendix==
===Notes===
 
{{Notes}}
 
 
===Gallery===
 
===Gallery===
 
;Waterdhavian currency:
 
;Waterdhavian currency:
Line 277: Line 275:
 
File:Harbor moon-5e.jpg|A platinum/[[electrum]] [[harbor moon]]
 
File:Harbor moon-5e.jpg|A platinum/[[electrum]] [[harbor moon]]
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  +
===Notes===
  +
{{Notes}}
 
===References===
 
===References===
 
{{Refs}}
 
{{Refs}}
  Loading editor