Gold was a soft, malleable and exceptionally conductive metal.
Most coins in Faerûn worked off of the silver and gold standard, with copper pieces (cp) being worth 1/100th of a gold piece (gp) and silver pieces (sp) being worth 1/10 of a gp. Electrum coins were worth 1/2 of a gp, and platinum coins were worth 10 gp. Gold coins were usually minted circular, without any holes, an eighth of an inch thick and an inch-and-a-quarter in diameter and weighed approximately 0.3 oz (9 g) each. Any less than that and they were considered by most to be "shaved" and worthless.
Gold was prized by many wizards for its magical properties. If refined and treated with the right magical processes, gold could become as hard as steel and used to forge effective armor and weapons, which could hold a number of enchantments, even those that conflicted one another. While it offered significant protection against fire and acid, the extra weight of golden armor typically made it too cumbersome for all but the most skilled wizards to wear. As such these glimmering suits of armor were typically given as gifts to those who so tends to get sold or given as a gift to those who weren't so much restricted by weighty armors.
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- ↑ Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 192. ISBN 978-0786912377.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10–15. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.