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Gold Pieces

  Gold Pieces (symbol: ; abbreviated gp), also known as drakes, are the most common currency in the realm. The coins are minted and distributed by the Gilded Hoard, who issues three coins; the Gold Drake, the Silver Sun, and the Copper Cent.   The coins are all minted out of enchanted wyrmetal from the hoard of Esereum, the dragon owner of the Gilded Hoard. This magical draconic nature prevents the coins from being debased or otherwise altered against their will, and allows Gilded-Hoard Certified Wizards of Accounting to Summon or Banish Currency, and merchants to verify the coins with portage.   The value of the Gold Drake has been tied to the Diamond Standard since 225 IE.  
Standard Exchange Rates
Name 1ℜ 1ℇ 1∉
Gold Drake 1ℜ 0.1ℜ 0.01ℜ
Silver Sun 10ℇ 1ℇ 0.1ℇ
Copper Cent 100∉ 10∉ 1∉
Powdered Diamond 10 ct 1 ct

Gold Pieces

by Annie Stein

Issued byGilded Hoard
Superunit5 — 1 lb. Silver Bar
50 — 1 lb. Gold Bar
Subunit1⁄2 — Copper Bar
1⁄10 — Silver Sun
1⁄100 — Copper Cent
Symbolℜ, gp
Dime — ℇ, sp
Cent — ∉, cp
Introduction698 WE, 314 years ago


  Most early currencies and coins were valued primarily by their weight and purity rather than their face value. Heavy bullion coins were frequently traded between merchants, and change was made by cutting the coin up much like slices of a pie. An eighth was known as a piece or a bit, with a fourth or half known as two-piece or four-piece respectively.  

The First Mint

The Gilded Hoard, then known as the Medivetti Bank, began melting down bullions and minting smaller coins in 648 WE to meet this demand for lower dominational currency. The first to be minted was the Silver Sun, which had the same value as a piece, and copper dimes, which were worth a tenth of the suns. It was quickly adopted. The rounded coins were far nicer to use than the sharply-edged pieces.   Despite, or perhaps because of, it's great success and massive profits, after only six years the Medivetti bank stopped minting. The Medivetti Bank stopped producing coins from 654 WE until 664 WE, focusing on their standard financial services.  


In 664 WE the Medivetti Bank announced that they would start minting again, and that they'd developed enchantments that protect their coins from debasement. They were lambasted by the guilds and ridiculed. Economists of the time denounced the bank, claiming such enchantments, while possible, were far too expensive to be preformed on coinage. It was impossible that the coins that would enter circulation would have the same enchantments as the coins the Medivetti used in their demonstrations. The Medivettis became, for a time, synomous with charlatans.   They persisted with the mint. The coinage saw little use until an economist with a personal grudge against the Medivetti family saw fit to prove what everyone knew, and show that the family were undeniably charlatans. The economist collected as many of the new coins as he could, and gathered the Guilds of Metallurgy to view as he shaved the standard coins. His dagger chipped on the first one. The only Medivetti Silver Sun he could easily debase was a coin from their earlier mint, marked 649 WE. The Medivettis couldn't have paid for better marketing.   It still took a while before the coinage saw widespread adoption.  

The Reveal

As soon as the Medivettis claims that the coins were resistant to debasement was proven true, the other banks launched into investigations on how exactly the Medivetti family was able to enchant their coins. It was a sorcerer of the draconic tradition who first clued in to the nature of the coins, and who courteously sent a letter to the Medivetti family about their discovery.   In 698 WE the Medivetti announced that they were rebranding to the Gilded Hoard. They revealed their collaboration with the dragon Esereum and introduced a new coin to their collection in their honor, the Gold Drake. The drake was made their new standard, and the Copper Dime bacame the Copper Cent.


Medivetti Bank

  • 648 WE — Silver Sun & Copper Dime Introduced
  • 654 WE — Minting is paused.
  • 664 WE — Minting resumes, Silver Suns & Copper Dimes are now enchanted. Initial response is disbelief.
  • 665 WE — Economist tries to disprove the claim that the coins are enchanted, and ends up proving that they are.

  • Gilded Hoard

  • 698 WE — Gold Drake introduced, and becomes new standard. Copper Dime is renamed to Copper Cent.
  • 225 IE — The Gold Drakes are bound to the Diamond Standard.


    Issued Coins


    Gold Drake

      The Gold Drake is the standard unit of the Gold Pieces since it's first mint in 665 WE. The coin is generally minted in collaboration with the government. The design of the obverse or head is decided by the local government, typically the reigning monarch, and the reverse or tail is depicts a dragon.   While Gold Pieces are the standard unit, the coins themselves are not commonly circulated due to their high value.   In the Argosian Empire, it is tradition to give a child sixteen drakes on their sixteenth birthday. This money is supposed to help them begin their adult life, and purchase any tools required for their trade.  

    by Annie Stein

    Value1 gp
    Mass0.02 lbs or 9 grams
    CompositionFine Draconic Gold
    Years of Minting665 WE - present

    Silver Sun

      The Silver Sun was first introduced in 648 WE and was the standard unit until 665 WE. It was introduced as a replacement for segmented bullion coins, then colloquially known as pieces. It is named after the metal it is minted with, and the design on the reverse of the coin, which depicts a sun. The obverse of the coin varies depending on the mint.

    by Annie Stein

    Value1/10th of a gp
    Mass0.02 lbs or 9 grams
    CompositionFine Draconic Silver
    Years of Minting648 WE - 654 WE, 664 WE - present

    Copper Cent

      The Copper Cent was first introduced in 665 WE alongside the shift from a silver standard to a gold standard. Prior to that it was known as a Copper Dime. The design of the cents varies significantly from region to region, and it is frequently mixed with other low-denominational coinage.

    by Annie Stein

    Value1/100th of a gp
    Mass0.02 lbs or 9 grams
    Years of Minting648 WE - 654 WE, 664 WE - 665 WE, 665 WE - present


      The popular coinage has not been without controversy. The draconic nature of the coins raises many concerns. As it is well known that the power of a dragon is to some degree related to the size and value of their hoard, skeptics question whether it is responsible to introduce so much value into a single hoard.   Some of the more paranoid observers note that having so much of the world's economy controlled by a single entity is a far more pressing concern. The Gilded Hoard could cause chaos if they were to suddenly withdraw services from one area, or even confiscate funds from a particular client. For this reason, some wealthier clients of the Gilded Hoard also maintain a separate, physical stockpile of gold coins and bullion as a contingency.  


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    3 Dec, 2021 01:35

    Oh DANG I love how much thought you've put into your monetary system! And the magical protection against the coinage losing value is such a cool concept. Hilarious that in trying to prove them liars--and failing--that economist accidentally elevated the people he hated -- ah, I do so love it when tables turn on the petty. XD

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    Annie Stein
    3 Dec, 2021 10:41

    Thank you so much! It all worked together so well, it's been really fun to find reasons why a single currency is so widely adopted and so stable, and it's lead to a spin I'm fond for my dragons. I'm so excited to write more!

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    3 Dec, 2021 14:33

    Just a heads up, you have a broken tooltip.   "Despite, or [tooltip: There are historians who believe this is the point at which the dragon Esereum emerged and claimed the Medivetti treasury as their hoard.]perhaps because of, it's great success and massive profits, after only six years the Medivetti bank stopped minting."   This is a really, really cool article, and I am amazed by the detail you have.

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    Annie Stein
    3 Dec, 2021 14:59

    Thank you so much! I'll fix that right away. I'm glad you enjoyed the article

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    4 Dec, 2021 23:43

    simple but elegant and a lovely read to boot, wonderful work as always!!!

    Sage nnie
    Annie Stein
    5 Dec, 2021 00:27

    Thank you!

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    5 Dec, 2021 09:12

    I love just about everything about this. Magic meets banking is going to be the source of so much amusement, and some metaphysical question. Can credit be counted as part of a dragon's hoard? When the first kingdom takes out its first trillion gold loan, will the dragon explode with power?   This is just my brain being weird, but as soon as I read the part of his knife chipping on the coin, I was going: How could I make an armor out of this stuff?   Awesome work Annie, it's really fun stuff :D

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    Annie Stein
    5 Dec, 2021 13:02

    Thank you! Wyrmetal is absolutely used for armour. Not commonly, but it has happened. If you ever see a magical artefact using a precious metal that really should be far too soft for those purposes, it's likely because it's from a dragons hoard. I'll be writing more about it when I get to the wyrmetal article. The catch is that it's really difficult to manipulate wyrmetal against the will of a dragon, so realistically you need to get their permission (good luck with that) or be powerful enough magically to override their will somehow. Or maybe you could make it first and then sneak it into a hoard?   Personally I don't think credit would count for a traditional hoard, the wealth has to actually exist, and whenever this world does transition to online banking the Gilded Hoard will be having a harder time. Maybe we'll start to see data dragons emerge instead? As for the power granted to Esereum, well... it can be a good hook for an adventure, can't it?

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    5 Dec, 2021 21:33

    Absolutely! :D ANd a lot of fun metaphysical/economical questions

    Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
    7 Dec, 2021 12:36

    Loving everything about this article. The coins, the controversies, the history. Telling the story of your world based on the coins is a genius way to awaken interest for more!   ...   Have my follow ^^

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    Annie Stein
    7 Dec, 2021 21:04

    Thank you! It was fun to write too!

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    7 Dec, 2021 16:33

    I love all the thought you've put into the history of the coins! :D My favourite thing is the guy who was like "I'll prove them wrong" and then looked like an idiot in front of all his friends. :D

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    Annie Stein
    7 Dec, 2021 21:05

    I love him too. Iconic move right there. I bet the Medivetti honored him with a solid gold statue of his expression when the knife chipped.

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    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    8 Dec, 2021 21:03

    Oh this is really fascinating to use a dragon hoard for a coinage system! I really like all the story behind it :D

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    Annie Stein
    9 Dec, 2021 14:22

    Thank you so much!

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    12 Dec, 2021 04:07

    I really really love all the history behind the gold pieces -- loved the bit about publicly trying to debase and failing xD The final part on the controversy raises some really interesting points, too. I suppose they better just hope that the dragon understands that in the situation they're in, the way they amass more fortune is not by withdrawing services from any area or breaking the trust that's been placed within them? D:   Also, I just noticed your tooltips are softly floating up and down -- I love it :D

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    Annie Stein
    12 Dec, 2021 11:41

    Thank you! Yes, I think it definitely is a cause for concern. It is worth mentioning that rival dragons who've attempted to start up banks often failed because of those very reasons you mentioned. I think it helped that Esereum grew up alongside a very clever, some would say conniving, family.   Yes! It gives me video game vibes and helps draw the eye to them. It isn't the most legibility friendly but we must allow ourselves some fun. ^^

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    7 Jan, 2022 17:33

    I love the history behind the coins, and that they have magical security and that they're tied to a dragon! But why is gold tied to the value of diamonds?   If I were to offer any criticism, it would be that as unique as the rest of the article is, having gold/silver/copper pieces seems pretty generic by comparison.

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    Annie Stein
    7 Jan, 2022 21:32

    Diamonds are a big thing in the setting after they discovered how to artificially create them decades ago. Plus it helps explain why diamond value doesn't change. It's a dnd setting, so generic is on purpose! ^^   Thank you so much!

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    9 Jan, 2022 12:52

    I love it! After reading hints about this on the Discord, I'm glad to have found it among my notifications.

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    Annie Stein
    9 Jan, 2022 13:49

    Thank you! I'm glad you found it too! Guess I should try drop my links a bit more often, huh?

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    Jeroen Heijster
    11 Jan, 2022 08:25

    Such a rich history for the coins, I love it. Really well done!

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    Annie Stein
    11 Jan, 2022 11:46

    Thank you!

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