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Gold was a pure precious metal that was used in Faerûn as the baseline of most currency.[3] Despite its high value it was fairly commonly found throughout Toril.[4]

DescriptionEdit

Gold was a soft, malleable and exceptionally conductive metal.[4]

WorthEdit

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.[3] Electrum coins were worth 1/2 of a gp,[5] and platinum coins were worth 10 gp.[3] A standard gold piece (gp) weighed 0.32 ounces (9.1 grams), so 50 coins weighed about 1 pound (450 grams).[6] Each piece was typically a flat disk 1 14 or 1.25 inches (3.18 centimeters) in diameter and  18 or 0.125 inches (3.18 millimeters) thick.[note 1] Any less than that and they were considered by most to be "shaved" and worth less than newly minted coins.[7]

The metal was valuable to many artisans for its malleability and aesthetic qualities.[4]

UsesEdit

Gold was prized by many wizards for its magical properties.[8] If refined and treated with the right magical processes, gold could become as hard as steel and used to forge effective armor and weapons,[9] which could hold a number of enchantments, even those that conflicted one another.[8] While it offered significant protection against fire and acid, golden armor was twice as heavy as steel and more encumbering.[9]

Gold was specifically used in the crafting of shoonrings that had multiple magical properties.[10]

Gold was favored by the gods Abbathor, Geb, Hanali Celanil, Thard Harr, Ubtao, and Vergadain and seen as a sign of their blessings.[11]

Waukeen, the goddess of wealth and trade, was known as Our Lady of Gold,[12] and was said to wield a cloud of gold coins as a weapon.[13]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. 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 1.7 ounces (48 grams) or over five times the weight of a "standard" coin. This suggests that the dimensions of a standard coin should be smaller and thinner.

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 143, 255. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 19–20. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 90. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 56. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  5. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 143. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  6. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 143. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  7. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 91. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 179. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  10. Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 192. ISBN 978-0786912377.
  11. 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.
  12. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  13. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 89. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
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