Silvermark

The silvermark, silver crown, silver coin, mark or simply silver is the base and common currency of the civilized world. The mark is usually signed with an "m" in written text. There is no one state or governing entity that guarantee the value of a coin (such as with modern currency) and therefore the coins have to be valued by something else, which in the silvermarks case is the value of the silver within the coin itself.  

Coin value

The coin itself is valued upon a base value called a pound of silver, which is quite literally a lump of silver weighing a pound (roughly 425 grams). This pound is minted into coins and from it you get about 300 silver coins that are stamped with the makers sign on one side and the local rulers sign on the other.  

Minting taxation

Of the 300 coins minted, the minter themselves take six of the coins as payment for minting and the local lord himself takes a varying amount depending on current taxation. In peace times this is usually around six coins, but during war it can go much higher, up to and exceeding 20 coins. The rest of the coins are delivered to the customer who ordered the minting.  

The rarity of coins

Note that most local trade is simply the exchange of goods rather than the exchange of coins. Villages strive to be self-sustaining with every home growing their own crops and raising cattle to provide for the house and to pay their taxes. What trade is done between villagers is almost entirely done in goods and services, rather than in coins. Coins are almost only used by the nobility, by traders or when trading for goods with someone who does not want your wares. Among the general populace, usage of coins is pretty low and a semi-rare occurance. Taxation can in some cases be paid in coins, but the landlord is likely more interested in your cheese or your meat than in coin.   There are other currencies, but none of the official ones exist in any coin form, but are instead simple accounting denominations. As for other coins, there are a few that may exist in some extremely limited rotation that stem from minor civilizations or are of historical value, but none of them are used in any public trade.
Item type
Currency & Deeds
Rarity
Very common
Weight
~1.4 grams
Dimensions
~30 mm diameter
Base Price
1 m
Raw materials & Components
Roughly 1.4 grams of silver.
Tools
Minters workshop.

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