Currency
Coin Baridorian/Veldaria Dargaulian Montegan Alarian Nordanian Etraen Cathian Dwarven Elven
Platinum Kelrothos Welnoas'hte
Gold Stater Stater Solle Ducat Aralle Solle Rrüthrothos Hautari'hte
Half Stater Half Stater Half Solle
Silver Crown Crown Crown Lunne Lion Muenne Lunne Mithrothos Astar'hte
Half Crown Half Crown Half Crown Half Lunne Guilder
Bronze Daarothos
Brass Graamrothos
Copper Pint Pint Pint Penny Stuiver Penny Penny Brümrothos Moreth'hte
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Baridorian


The standard by which all currency is measured is the Baridorian crown. It is legal currency throughout the Empire, most commonly in large business transactions. The crown is a silver coin (about the size of a fifty cent piece) stamped with the likeness of King Barid on the face, and the symbol of Baridor on the back. Baridorian stater (quarter sized) and half-stater (nickel sized) are more commonly part of treasures and used in the business of the wealthy. The stater bears the image of Sothis on the front and the symbol of Baridor and seven Stars of the Faith on the rear. The half-stater is engraved with the portrait of King Daelron II and is identical to the stater on the back. Both these gold coins are very rarely seen by common folk outside the cities, with the exception of commodities of goods such as armor.

The coin of the common man is the copper pint (penny-sized), and, less often, the half-crown (quarter sized). The face of the pint shows the likeness of King Gelid, second king of Baridor, while the rear portrays the image of Baridor on High, the Star of the Faith shining above it. The half-crown bears the image of King Raethier III on its face and an image on the back identical to the pint. The half-crown only came into being in the last century with the rise of economic prosperity and the middle-class.
In rural areas, bartering is as common as purchasing with pints.

Coin Head Tail
Stater Sothis Symbol of Baridor and seven Stars of the Faith
Half-Stater King Daelron II Symbol of Baridor and seven Stars of the Faith
Crown King Barid Symbol of Baridor
Half-Crown Emperor Raethier III Baridor on High, the Star of the Faith above
Pint King Gelid Baridor on High, the Star of the Faith above

Veldaria


Velderia is the home of many diverse coins, from those created as tender for the lost city-states of Xal-Draque or Tul-Brae, to treasures liberated from distant ports by Veldarian pirates, to coins minted by the city’s noteworthy hill dwarf population. Veldaria mints coins precisely as Baridor does. However, in Caldair (Cahl-Deir of old) other disks and flat shapes of precious metals bearing the images of forgotten men are passed readily in its marketplaces as well.

Coin Head Tail
Stater Queen Cassaphia The Cathedral
Half-Stater King Leodus The Great Library
Crown King Fyn The Palace
Half-Crown Queen Gwyndellia The Pensanna
Pint Bromer the Dwarf The Plaza

Montegan


Like the Baridorian half-crown, Montagan coins have only been minded in the last century. The crown, half-crown, and pint are identical in size and purity to their Baridorian ilk. Only the images are different. The face of the crown is a portrait of Sylian, the face of the half-crown is the mask of the King of Owls, and the face of the pint High Chief Jaleb (who led the united clans of Montego against the Baridorian insurance). The back of all three coins is engraved with the symbol of Montego.

Coin Head Tail
Crown Sylian Symbol of Montega
Half-Crown King of Owls Symbol of Montega
Pint High Chief Jaleb Symbol of Montega

Dargaulian


The Dargaulian monetary system is based on the same model as the Baridorian, however, Dargaulian metals are not as pure, and have a red cast (this doesn’t effect alloys, such as steel, only base metals). Important Dargaulians prefer their own likeness upon coins. The crown therefore is generally minted with the portrait of the current king, while old crowns still circulate.

Pints are minted by the Dark Lords, for use by their commoners, and bear the image of the current Darklord.

The half-crown is left alone because King Bruwin, a feared necromancer is rumored to have cursed the coins. It’s said that if they are ever re-minted, a plague of boils will infest the houses of the King and Darklords.

There is a very large business in Dargaul of minting coins—and there isn’t a large interest on the part of the government to ensure that coins remain “pure”—counterfeiting does occur.

Coin Head Tail
Stater Gaul Symbol of Dargaul
Half-Stater King Veronaen I Symbol of Dargaul
Crown Various Kings Symbol of Dargaul
Half-Crown King Bruwin Symbol of Dargaul
Pint Various dark lords Symbol of Dargaul

Cathian


Some coins came with the Marianites when the entered the Valley of Hope. Cathians minted gold, silver and copper, just as the Baridorians do today. The Cathian lunne is slightly larger than the crown, and the solle is about the same size (nearly double the size of the stater). The penny is also larger than the pint.

Coin Head Tail
Solle Symbol of Sol Temple of Sol at Cathia
Lunne Symbol of Luna Temple of Luna at Jondolas
Penny Sieves of grain Palace of the Emperor at Cathia

Alarian


The roots of this country also lie in Cathia, and Alaria mints coins similarly to its mother nation. The coin’s images are only stylistically different. The Alarian solle and half-solle are engraved, and stylized to represent the sun. The lunne and half-lunne are similarly engraved to represent the moon.

Coin Head Tail
Solle Sol Symbol Flame of Alaria
Half-Solle Stylized sun Flame of Alaria
Lunne Symbol of Luna Flame of Alaria
Half-Lunne Stylized crescent Flame of Alaria
Penny Constellation of Sorcelle Flame of Alaria

Etrae


Like Alaria, Etrae modeled the Cathian monetary system. Etrae’s pantheon is a female-dominated matriarchy, and their Cathian language became muddled with the dialects of the Sub-Ragnarian natives (converting the moon goddess Luna to Muen, for example). The back of each coin is circled but the Etraen motto: “She gives life, she takes life.”

Coin Head Tail
Aralle Aralle symbol Crossed swords circled by the motto
Muenne Muenne symbol Bow and arrow circled by the motto
Penny rearing horse Obelisk tower circled by the motto

Nordanian


Nordania learned of coins from the Baridorian explorers in the first century and swiftly created their own system. They were not miners, and traded with the Baridorians and, it’s believed, with the Mortaar for the precious metals they minted into their first coins. For conversion, the lion is used as the standard, as it’s closer in value to the crown. The ducat, like the stater, is more usually part of treasuries or used in costly business transactions.

Coin Head Tail
Ducat King Heim Rune of Fortune
Lion King Thorfyn Rune of Law
Guilder High King Thanodin Rune of Might
Stuiver Queen Bruhanna Rune of Providence

Dwarven


Dwarves have by far the widest variety of coins. All dwarven coins bear the image fo the dwarf who minted or commissioned them on the face, and the crest of the clan and delving on the back.

Coin Head
Kelrothos Minter/Commisioner Clan and delving crest
Rruthrothos Minter/Commisioner Clan and delving crest
Mithrothos Minter/Commisioner Clan and delving crest
Daarothos Minter/Commisioner Clan and delving crest
Graamrothos Minter/Commisioner Clan and delving crest
Brumrothos Minter/Commisioner Clan and delving crest

Elves


The fair folk claim to have invented everything, including the minting of coins. And who could argue? Their coins are without a doubt the most striking of any. A monument to no one, each coin in an artistic representation of its namesake. The welnos’hte (moon coin) is a platinum crecent set inside a flat ring. The hautari’hte (sun coin) looks much like a gold sunburst set within in a ring. The astar’hte (star coin) is a central starburst set within a ring which supports three others along its inner rim. Finally, the moreth’hte (earth coin) is the simplest: three parallel lines of copper within aring.

Even though they aren’t solid pieces, the metals are so well refined that the crown is 3/4 the value of the hautari’hte, yet slightly larger.

Coin Head Tail
Welnoas’hte Moon Moon
Hautari’hte Sun Sun
Astar’hte Star-burst Star-burst
Moreth’hte Three lines Three lines
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