Currency of the Forgotten Realms D&D

Hello everybody Jorphdan here the PH is silent.

Let’s talk about the currency of the ForgottenRealms.

Every game uses gold.

Gold as treasure is just common, gotta havegold to buy supplies or pay for your lavish lifestyle.

But a lot of us don’t think about currencyin our games, or at least in games set in the forgotten realms.

I’m sure there are lots of you out therethat have multiple sets of currencies specific to entire regions or governments.

For today’s video I wanted to chat aboutthe Forgotten Realms and money.

A lot of us use gold, and for many of youthat gold in one region of the forgotten realms works exactly the same in another region.

So you can travel anywhere and spend yourgems, gold, silver and copper pieces just fine.

But with how fleshed out the realms has become;there are in fact different currencies in different areas, but they all revolve aroundgold and silver somewhat.

One type of gold coin might be worth moreor less in other areas, depending on how and where it was minted.

Sometimes foreign coins are melted down fortheir base metals only to be re minted as local coins.

To the extreme of this certain cities havetheir own set of coins that are worth specific amounts only within that city and fartheroff are considered worthless.

So let’s dive into the currency of the forgotten realmsand see what we can find.

On a whole in the realms gold and gems arethe currency of choice.

Whatever gold won’t buy you gems usuallywill.

From the lowest we have copper coins, thensilver, electrum, gold, and platinum pieces.

Typically a coins value is expressed in theweight of the precious metal of which it’s made of.

The value of each has changed throughout editionsof D&D.

1st edition for example one Platinum was worth five gold, but today in 5th edition1 platinum is worth 10 gold.

Also I had to look up what electrum is, causeI’m dumb and don't know my metals.

But for those of you like me I’m happy toshare that it is a naturally occuring alloy of gold and silver with small amounts of copperand other metals in it.

Which makes electrum coins fit nicely in betweensilver and gold ones.

Nearly every major city has their own denominationsand mint their own currency.

If you travel to Amn you’ll find gold piecesspecific to the local government called Danters.

In Calimshan an Electrum piece is called acentarche and a gold piece is a bicenta.

In Cormyr the royal coinage is stamped witha dragon, and their gold coins are stamped with a lion on one side.

This lead to gold coins throughout the realmsbeing referred to as golden lions.

Not just coins but certain areas mint barsof gold, silver, platinum etc.

Many merchants prefer to use trade bars, ingotsof precious metals and alloys stamped with the symbol of the trading organization orgovernment that created them.

This makes it easier and more precise in trade.

To use these standard bars rather than fluctuatingsized gemstones worth a varied amount.

Lantan created bars that were flat envelope-shapedpieces of worked steel marked with the great wheel of Gond.

They are worth 20 gp each and are used aroundthe Sword Coast.

However getting farther away from Lantan othersmight not wish to be paid in this foreign currency unless the bar had a hefty weightof precious metals.

For example the bars minted in Mirabar weremade of black iron and worth 10 gp in mirabar because they were supported by the government.

But outside were typically worth 5 gp.

Coins come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Sembia minted silver pieces in the shape ofa triangle and were commonly known as Hawks.

They also minted some iron currency calleda Steelpence that was valued at one copper.

Silverymoon has some beautiful currency, theymint crescent-shaped electrum pieces known as moons and eclipsed moons whose value hasincreased over time.

Possibly because of their artistic value orthe combination electrum metal with silver and gold.

Some coins become worthless in other cities.

The square brass piece in Waterdeep knownas the taol is not traded outside of the city.

So most travelers will exchange all theirbrass pieces for copper before leaving the city.

Lots of local currencies will have bettervalue within their circle of influence.

Often currency leaving a city or nation willbe worth half or less than the value within.

Finally I’ve mentioned gems which are popularand rare because of their use in jewelry and the arcane arts as well as currency, but thereare other non-coin currency.

Some art pieces are used as currency or usedfor trade such as small ivory or jade statues.

These art pieces might be exchanged for coinif a traveler doesn’t want to carry around small statues.

Paper currency can be found in certain areas.

Really just glorified IOUs but if stolen thenew owner can then redeem the worth on the paper note.

To keep these official they are often markedon one side with the symbol of a particular mercenary company and authorize payment tothe holder.

Fantasy coins are fun and if you’re interestedin obtaining some prop coins for your home campaign I’d like to recommend Mythic Mintwho sponsored this video.

They’ve got a kickstarter going on now whereyou can grab some copper, silver, and gold coins.

They sent me some of the silver ones whichare really fun.

If you are interested in grabbing some fantasycoins be sure to check out their kickstarter, links in the doobly do.

Thanks for watching everyone I hope you enjoyedthis extra Forgotten Realms video as much as I had fun researching it.

I’ll see you all in the next one!.

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Currency of the Forgotten Realms D&D

Episode 61 - We take a break from the deities of the forgotten realms to talk about currency in the realms. Gold, Silver, Electrum, and precious gems!

Thank you to Mythic Mint for sponsoring this video.
If you want to get your hands on some fantasy coins check out their kickstarter!


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