The Empire Rial

The Empire Rial is the official currency used in the Skayton Empire. This currency was first implemented in the year 1003 AF and underwent a redesign during the reign of Nicolette Beaulieu. The redesign changed the metals the coins utilized from gold to silver, silver to brass, and bronze to steel. The Rial is always equal in value to the metal which it contains.


 

Denominations

Three coins each of silver, bronze, and steel were thrown down onto the table by the drunken man. His gambling partner smiled and revealed his winning hand.
— An excerpt from a popular adventure novel
 

There are only three denominations of the Empire Rial. These denominations are the Rial (plural Rials), the Pent (plural Pents), and the Cem (plural Cems).

 

Rials

There you go, dear. A kilo of flour. That'll be a Rial and 2 Pents.
— An elderly mill-tender to her customer

The Rial is worth five Pents or ten Cems. A single Rial can buy a kilogram of wheat.

 

Pents

Four Pents for a loaf of bread? Are you mad?
— A young man frustrated by overpriced bread

The Pent is worth a fifth of a Rial or two Cems. A single Pent can buy a kilogram of hay.

 

Cems

I'll give you three cems for a pen of this quality. And that's generous.
— A thriftshop owner

The Cem is worth a tenth of a Rial or half a Pent. A single Cem can buy a kilogram of straw.

 

Appearance

Bird or box?! If you bet and win, you get to keep the coin. If you lose, you give me a Pent.
— A person running a rigged game of chance

The Empire Rial appears as a 0.5 cm thick silver coin of a 2 cm diameter. It has a stylized eagle with its wings spread stamped on one side. There is a parallelogram shape stamped on the other side. The eagle side is referred to as the "bird" and the parallelogram is referred to as the "box" when flipping a coin. The edges of the Rial are inscribed with two wavy lines.

The Pent appears as a 0.5 cm thick brass coin of a 1.5 cm diameter. It has a stylized eagle head stamped on one side. There is a parallelogram shape stamped on the other side. The eagle head side is referred to as the "beak" and the parallelogram is referred to as the "box" when flipping a coin. The edges of the Pent are hatched in a cross-hatch pattern.

The Cem appears as a 0.25 cm thick steel coin of a 1.5 cm diameter. It has a stylized pearl necklace stamped on one side. There is a parallelogram shape stamped on the other side. The necklace side is referred to as the "beads" and the parallelogram is referred to as the "box" when flipping a coin. The edges of the Cem are inscribed with small circles.

 

History

The Empire Rial was implemented in the year 1003 AF after the value of the former currency - the Empire Dolor - dropped suddenly to near-worthlessness following the end of the First Hegalan War. The Empire Rial was decreed to be made of gold, silver, and bronze and be worth its weight in its respective metal. During the reign of Nicolette Beaulieu, the metals were changed to silver, brass, and steel, but their value continued to correspond to their respective metals. Nicolette also implemented a redesign of the coins. The redesign included details being added to the edges and different stamps being used on each side of the coin.

Item type
Currency & Deeds
Owning Organization
Weight
40 grams (Rial)
8 grams (Pent)
4 grams (Cem)
Dimensions
2 cm diameter and 0.5 cm thick (Rial)
1.5 cm diameter and 0.5 cm thick (Pent)
1.5 cm diameter and 0.25 cm thick (Cem)
Base Price
1 Rial = 1 kg of wheat
1 Pent = 1 kg of hay
1 Cem = 1 kg of straw


Cover image: by Vertixico

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