Coinage of Monvesia
Coins are not referred to as “gold pieces,” “silver pieces,” etc. Instead, each region uses its own terms for the common coins; some examples are found below. Game terms (gp, sp, cp) are used to note relative value of coins.
Every coin is approximately the same size: 3 - 5g of mass, and 1 finger (18 – 20 mm) in diameter (about the size of a penny, nickel, or dime). Approximately 100 coins, of any denomination, is equal to a pound in weight. Regardless of actual weight, a [small] belt pouch may hold no more than 200 coins.
Dwarves use a hybrid coin-system that accomodates all editions of D&D.
- brinjao karibche ("bronze gate"), 1/2 cp
- Bronze (or brass) is an alloy of copper and any of a number of lesser metals (tin, nickel, etc.)
- tsitel ghori ("red/copper boar), 1 cp
- isperi mushti ("violet/billon fist"), 1/2 sp (or 5 cp)
- Billon is an alloy of copper and silver
- vertskhli artsivi ("silver eagle"), 1 sp
- tsvane kharis ("green/electrum bull"), 1 ep (1/2 gp or 5 sp)
- okro gveleshap ("golden dragon"), 1 gp
- lurj datvi ("blue/rhodite bear"), 5 gp (1/2 pp)
- Rhodite is an alloy of gold and any of the platinum family of metals
- platin gvirgvin ("platinum crown"), 1 pp
The Honderreich uses the coins of Basic D&D & AD&D 2nd Edition.
- penny (plural pence), 1 cp
- Also the local name for the Imperial Denar in Waschbar & Zyrndy
- shilling, 1 sp
- Also the local name for the Imperial Soldo in Waschbar & Zyrndy
- mark or crown, 1 ep (1/2 gp or 5 sp)
- guilder, 1 gp
- Also the local name for the Imperial Libra in Waschbar & Zyrndy
- sovereign, 5 gp (1/2 pp) [commonly referred to as "platinum"
The Tsardom uses the coins of AD&D 1st Edition
- degna, 1/2 cp [dwarven bronze coin]
- kopeck, 1/2 sp (5 cp) [dwarven billlon coin]
- poltinnik (plural poltinny), 1 ep (1/2 gp)
- ruble, 1 gp
- chervonets (plural chervonetsy), 5 gp (1/2 pp) [commonly referred to as "platinum"]
Cuorrian, Notopolitan, & Veldi Currency
The Drajan Empire uses a variation on £sd currency
- quadrans, 1/2 cp [dwarven bronze coin]
- denar (denari), 2 cp (obol in Notopoli))
- soldo (soldi), 2.5 sp (drachma in Notopoli; siglo in Veldistan)
- libra (librae), 5 gp (daric in Veldistan) [dwarven rhodite coin]
The nations of the Lower Granitsa Mountains--Voztokan Volka and Cuorrian Mancare, Vanator, and Tristeren--do not mint their own coins. These nations accept both Imperial and Tsarish coins equally. Notopolitan and Honderreicher coins are rare here, but not unknown.
- leah (s), 1 cp
- shiblum (s), 2.5 cp
- shiblon (s), 5 cp [dwarven billion coin]
- senine (g) or senum (s), 1 sp
- antion (g), 1.5 sp
- seon (g) or amnor (s), 2.5 sp [roughly equal to an Imperial soldo]
- shum (g) or ezrom (s), 1 ep
- limnah (g) or onti (s), 1 gp
Commerce in the Galt Kingdoms and PridelandsThe Galts and rakasta do not regularly use the coinage described above, though they do recognize its value to other nations, and often keep a store of them for trade purposes. These regions continue to use an older barter system—commodities (like cattle, grain or ale) being traded for good or services. When paying for anything in the Galt Kingdoms or Pridelands with coins, the price is double the item’s value.
Dwarven brass and bronze coins are worthless. These coins are often melted down and hammered into bowls and plates. It is not uncommon to see individual “brass gates” as decorative feature on such cookware.
Elf CommerceElves do not typically have a cultural notion of ownership or trade, though elves that travel among other races find such concepts helpful. Among elf “communities,” an elf uses what he or she needs, when he or she needs it; and discards the object or passes it on when they are done. For the majority of elves, only items which can be carried are considered possessions.
Elves who explore beyond Sünnimaa often adopt local monetary traditions.