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Currencies

Throughout history, cultures have introduced their own coinage to the world, distributed along their trade routes and the tracks of adventurers. Across the Northern Arm, coins and other currency from the Labarean Empire is most widespread these days, but the Kingdom of Laeryll and The Porcupine also mints coins, as do the various groups in Zhai. As each of them is embedded in a trade network, their coinage can -- to various degrees -- be found across the subcontinent. Added to those are coins from fallen empires and kingdoms. These ancient coins can have value beyond their material worth, as historians and collectors have a special interest in these relics from the past.  

Northern Arm

 

Labarean Empire

The Labareans put much effort into standardizing the weight, size and details of their coinage, in order to avoid forgery. Certified bankers of the Imperial Bank use a variety of tools and procedures to ascertain the authenticity of any Labarean coin. Trading bars are also standardized in size and weight, minted by the Imperial Trading Company (ITC).  
Regular coinage
  • Eye: a copper, round coin showing a centered Eye of Dorgoth, with a hole in the middle of the eye.
  • Jalyxx (or Jal): a pentagonal silver coin showing the portrait of Jalyxx II
  • Dragon: a rounded gold coin showing a detailed depiction of Taedyrion
Trading currency
For those looking for high denominations, the Imperial Trading Company issues special currency.  
  • Trading Star: a star-shaped platinum coin with embedded zholtan (worth 25 gp)
  • Gem Plate: a large disc with embedded gems (worth 50 gp)
  • Trade Gold: a 2 kg gold bar (worth 220 gp) carrying the insignia of the ITC
 
Miscellaneous
  • The successful occupation of Silimanis brought the Labareans to mint a gold coin depicting the iconic White Temple.
 

Kingdom of Laeryll

The economy of the Kingdom of Laeryll is complex: while Qosid is mostly a gift economy and Dathyll a market economy, the other Northern Arm provinces of the kingdom hardly engage in trade, with the exception of the Lords in Pothael. Shyfayll knows mostly barter, although money is used to some extent. The province Barael on the Southern Arm, finally, is embedded within the economy of The Porcupine.   This means that the coins of the Kingdom of Laeryll are mostly relevant to Dathyll, Pothael and, to a much lesser extent Qosid. However, the coins that are used are elaborate pieces of art in their own right. It is claimed this is at least partly done to show the rest of the world the sophistication and refinement of elven culture. Needless to say, there is no such thing as an elven coin of low value in the eyes of the outside world.  
Regular coinage
The coins of the Kingdom of Laeryll are minted by the Royal Smithy of Laeryll. While standardized, each coin is an individual work of art -- depictions and colors can vary per coin.  
  • Forest Owl: a gold round coin with inlaid gems depicting a colored owl
  • Rainbow: a coin made of an array of metals brought together in concentric circles and showing the colors of the rainbow
  • Starcoin: a round, silver coin adorned with intricate star patterns
These coins are used amongst elves, and for them the Starcoin is roughly comparable with 1 silver piece, while the Forest Owl equals 3 gold pieces. Subjects of the kingdom are not allowed to trade such coins with foreigners, however, to avoid rampant deflation. For such trade, Labarean currency is the go-to form. Of course, the elven coins are hoarded by some merchants for illegal trading and Olyxx the Young is considering to introduce a new, simpler Laeryllian coin.

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