Nightmares of the Last War
With the collapse of the old kingdom, each of the Five Nations began to mint its own currency, as did the Mror bankers. However, while the designs imprinted on these coins vary based on the source, each of these forces has continued to use the same metals, weights, and denominations set forth in the days of Galifar maintaining a simple standard for commerce across Khorvaire.
The crown is made from copper and traditionally depicts the crown of Galifar on one face. The crown is the lowest denomination of coin minted under the rule of Galifar. Ten crowns are worth one sovereign.
The sovereign is made from silver and bears the face of a living or recent ruler. An unskilled laborer can expect to earn a sovereign for a day’s work. Ten sovereigns are worth one golden galifar.
The galifar is made from gold. It bears the image of Galifar I, founder of the old kingdom. Ten golden galifars are worth one platinum dragon.
The dragon is minted from platinum and bears the image of one of the dragons of legend. With a value of one hundred sovereigns, these coins are used by the wealthiest citizens of Khorvaire, and the average peasant may never see such a coin.
There are a number of other coins in circulation, such as the double crown of Breland or the silver throne of Cyre, which has a value of five sovereigns. However, all of the major nations make use of the four basic coins described above.
Other methods of currency include Gems and letters of credit, both issued by house Kundarak.
Standardised gems are often used by adventurers, or those who need to carry a great amount of wealth with little weight to areas where a Kundarak bank may not be readily available. The standard Kundarak gems are also used in spell components, if a spell calls for a diamond worth 5000gp or 10gp worth of onyx, it refers to the Kundarak standard.
House Kundarak letters of credit are written on special house Sivis marked paper and work mostly the same way as Cheques.
Outside of Khorvaire and Aerenal, no official currency exists. On the continent of Xen’drik outside of Stormreach trade is the most common means of exchanging goods. The people of Riedra have no need of currency as their goods are all highly regulated and rationed by the inspired.