Silver Coins Copy
The Adrakian Empire set forth the original Soplan standardized set of coinage - the Gold, the Silver, and Copper coinage called as a set "the Triad." For the Adrakians, silvers were the coin representation of Kaygys, the second of the Dragon-Gods of the Adrakian Pantheon who was also worshipped through the mercantile arts.
The silver coin has been the general standard across Soplas for trade, with copper being used to more exactly balance the trade and gold for deals involving larger amounts of silver. Some merchants dealt in Halves, or silver coins cut in half, and Slivers, or silver coins cut into quarters, in order to avoid dealing with copper pieces.
At the fall of the Empire, the various political powers retained the familiar Triad for their international economy until it overtook attemtps at a local-only economy. Each region mints their own coin, and may accept foreign at a different exchange rate than local.
If aaccepts being paid in any of the triad, they generally inflate their prices to cover the potential loss in case the coins turn out to be counterfeit.
Some regions break a silver from halves and slivers into nubs, or half a quarter piece. Others make a double-silver, or a coin made thicker than the average silver and valued at half a gold piece.
To tell the difference between a true silver and a false silver, silver will not respond to a lodestone. The most common forgeries will have a stronger attraction to the lodestone than silver coins due to some regions using another metal for a coin's core.
Silver will also melt ice faster than any lookalike metal, though carrying around a piece of ice or casually creating ice to test coins is often a time consuming process.
- The Five Cities
- Coins minted by The Five Cities prior to the Gold Flood tended to be made of a cheap metal and given a thin coat of silver, leading to them weighing differently elsewhere. This practice led to strained trade negotiations and a sharp exchange rate where one silver from nearly anywhere else had the value of seven to thirteen City silver coins. Coins from the Cities tended to be the easiest to create forgeries with this practice as well.