Money and Coinage of the World
World of Storm and Fury:
Money and Coinage of the World
Monetary System of the Eastern Empire
The very size and diversity of the Empire has immediately resulted in a staggering number of different monetary and coinage systems in use side by side. Probably the most internationally-known coin is the Thaler, abbrevreated as 'Th' and also called the Daller in some places. The Imperial Thaler was patterned after the silver Lys Thaler, except the metal content was cut from one troy once to three-quarters of a troy ounce of silver, in order to get more Imperial coinage in circulation quickly. To make matters more complicated, the Royal Lys Mint (which also mints the Imperial Thaler) followed suit the next year, cutting the Lys Thaler to the same three-quarters of an ounce to maintain par value with the Imperial Thaler, resulting in a situation where old Lys coins are now worth significantly more than new. This recent change is not known everywhere, and so there is great hoarding now of the older Lys Thalers by those in the know, making it likely that within a few years only the new Thalers will be seen in circulation.
A Thaler would pay a days' wages for a common labourer in a civilized region (in the hinterlands, not only would wages be lower, but payment in barter or goods would be more commonplace). A commoner soldier in the field would normally be paid about three Thalers per day. The Imperial Thaler has a picture of the Empress Jillian, with the words 'Jillian Emp. Kordal Lys Nangrar' along with the year, and a three-headed dragon on the reverse, along with 'Leucadia' which is the city where the Royal Lys Mint is located. Lys Thalers have pictures of the King or Queen of the time when it was minted, and the Lys Lion on the reverse (some very old Lys Thalers have a Griffin instead of the Lion from the days when House Griphon held the throne). As with all Lys-minted coins of significant value, these coins are impressed with a secret magical imprint, the absence of which would identify a magically-created counterfeit.
The next Imperial silver coin is the Kreutzer, abbrevriated 'Kr' and also called the Kross in some places. This coin has a value of one-eigth of a Thaler. There are also Half-Kreutzer, Quarter-Kreutzer, and Eighth-Kreutzer coins in circulation. Again, this situation is somewhat confusing when compared with the Lys Kreutzer which has a value of one-sixty-fourth of a Lys Thaler. Leaving aside considerations of Old versus New Thaler, this nominally means an Imperial Half-Kreutzer is worth Four Lys Kreutzer. And of course there are many streetwise in the cities who prey upon the unwary when exchanging these widely-circulated coins.
The last category of Imperial coinage is made of copper, the Penny or Pence in plural. There are sixty-four Pence to a Kreutzer (or eight Pence to an Eighth-Kreutzer), or 512 Pence to a Thaler. Copper coins also come in Two-Pence and Half-Pence. Fortunately in this case, the comparable Lys Penny is actually valued at eight Pence to a Lys Kreutzer, which means both Pence have nominally the same value.
Other coins of note would include the gold Lys Crown, abbrevriated 'LCr' and worth five Thalers, and the silver Blenfeldan Mark, 'BMk' which is nominally worth about two-thirds of a Thaler (for more details on Lys currency, see the Money section under the Kingdom of Lys). The Elfish coins previously used in Kordal circulate extenisvely there, though Blenfeldan coins had always been in use there as well. There is a silver Nangrar coin known as the Buluk which has a copper counterpart called the Centi of which there are one hundred to the Buluk. But the Nangraran coins are of such varying quality that outside of Nangrar they would only be accepted at a steep discount, essentially metal value, in trade. And the Lowlands gold Florin is commonly seen in both Nangrar and the coastal areas of Lys, its value is roughly two Imperial Thalers. Less common within the Empire are the various Lowlands copper coins, generally called the Ducat. These coins are difficult to value outside the Lowlands because they tend to be local issues of each city-state, with varying nominal valuations as well as copper content.
In addition there are Imperial Banquenotes in circulation, with values of five, twenty-five, fifty, one hundred, five hundred and one thousand Thalers. And there are Lys Banquenotes which would theoretically be valued in Old Thalers. But these are rarely seen in the world and are mainly used in bank transfers and payments between nobles and nations. This paper money is natually magically imprinted to detect counterfeits, but since the mages who can detect this imprint are typically fairly expensive to hire, the average merchant or innkeeper is not likely to accept banquenotes in payment, or perhaps he would accept them at a steep discount to printed value.
Monetary System of the Kingdom of Driesland
There are 5 different coins in circulation in the Kingdom of Driesland:
The most common coin found in Driesland is the silver Driesland Throne (DT), valued at approximately 1/4 of the old Lys Thaler.
There is also a silver coin called the Driesland Wolf (DW), also called the Strong Silver, that nominally equals the Old Thaler in value.
The golden Driesland BloodCrown (DBC), is worth, 6 Driesland Wolves or 24 Driesland Thrones.
There are two Copper coins in circulation: The Pup, and the HardCoin. 100 Pups make out a Throne, and 25 Pups make out a Hardcoin.