Bartering in goods and services is one of the dominant forms of trade on the continent but currency is also quite popular especially with adventurers, the merchant class, and nobility.
The Western Continent Edit
Used throughout the Western Continent up to some parts of East Amoria with the exception of Askand and Kykvendi. There are 5 denominations: platinum, gold, electrum, silver, and copper. Coins are 2 mm thick but differ in diameter depending on denomination. Platinum, electrum, gold, silver, and copper are 3 cm, 2.5 cm, 2.75 cm, 2 cm, and 1.5 cm respectively. Platinum is rarely used outside of large cities and the nobility while electrum is often only found in trade oriented areas.
The following table shows the exchange rate between the denominations.
|Platinum ☽☉||Gold ☉/☼||Electrum 🝰||Silver 🜛/☽||Copper 🜠/☆|
Coins on the Western Continent is either minted in Brae or West Amoria. Braen coins are hammered whereas Amorian coins are casted but a coin of the same denomination from either region weighs approximately the same. The vast majority of platinum and electrum coins are produced in Brae due to their political neutrality and high production standards. West Amoria minted Platinum coins are also known as Orichalcum coins although this term is rare outside of Amoria.
Generic Braen coins feature a standing portrait of Orcus on the obverse side and a symbol of Orcus on the reverse side. Braen coins minted for other countries will typically replace the portrait of Orcus with the portrait of the dominant deity of the region. The reverse side will have the alchemical symbol for the denomination.
The obverse side of Amorian coins typically feature the profile of the current ruler of West Amoria with their title and name printed around them. A spiral triskelion is depicted on the reverse side symbolizing the twin kings of Amoria and the queen of Amphiareio. Astronomical symbols indicating the denomination is printed three times on the reverse side.
Due to rampant coin shaving in Tuoro Sul, some establishments there will only take Braen coins because a shaved Braen coin is much more noticeable than an Amorian one. Electrum coins are almost always refused in Tuoro Sul regardless of where it was minted because of the fear of counterfeit coins with a different gold to silver ratio.
Askandian Scheibe Edit
Askand does not use Western Coins but rather their own form of currency called the Scheibe or Dwarvish discs to outsiders. The discs are approximately 7 cm in diameter and 50 mm thick. They are produced by the Schiebe Guild in Askrand from a titanium alloy containing palladium and aluminum. Although somewhat cumbersome for everyday use, their uniform size and durability allows for easy storage and movement.
The obverse side depicts an engraving of one of the four classes of Dwarven society while the reverse side is engraved with religious scriptures written in Dwarvish runes. The edges of the discs are marked at intervals with one through four lines with decreasing denomination size.
The largest denomination is the koenig which depicts one of the past Dwarvish rulers on its face side to represent nobility. This is followed by the heilig which depicts a Dwarvish priest representing the clergy. The third largest denomination is the ritter which depicts a Dwarvish warrior representing the military. The smallest denomination is known as the baeur by valley Askands and berg by mountain Askands. It depicts the common dwarf holding a hammer representing the commoner class.
The following table shows the exchange rate between the denominations as well as the symbol for writing them.
|Koenig Ⓚᚴ||Heilig Ⓗᚻ||Ritter Ⓡᚱ||Baeur/Berg Ⓑᛒ|
Schiebes are commonly stored in cylindrical wood or metal tubes called a Schiebe holder. They are typically 6 inches in length although traders may carry foot long holders to denote their occupation. The are two types: those with a slide out compartment or those that are hinged and open like a box. Some may feature locking mechanism or even booby traps. The holders are often hung from a braided cord hung from their owner’s belts.
Dwarves, especially Askandians, will also use gems as a form of currency although this is technically a form of bartering. As a result, jewellers in Askand and in parts of Oswaland will often offer appraisal and banking services.
Braen Leif Edit
Also known as Elvish notes, this form of currency is used almost exclusively amongst the Braen elves and those who trade with them. The Leif is the only decimalized currency in Lumiene. The symbol for Leif in writing is 🙐.
The currency is made up of primarily vellum notes cut into 10 cm squares and printed by the elves of the Braen Leif Printery using iron gall ink. Despite being made of paper, the intricacy of the printing as well as the quality of vellum makes it notoriously difficult to counterfeit. The iron gall ink also renders the printed designs waterproof.
The obverse side typically features a tondo of Orcus holding an Elvish symbol against a complex floral background while the reverse side depict Braen landscapes. Numbers in the corners indicate the denomination of the notes which come in a 1-2-5 denomination up to 100. The color of the iron gall ink also indicates the denomination although the differences are so subtle that those unfamiliar with the notes can easily overlook it. A 10 Leif bill is commonly called a moteif and a 100 Leif bill is called a releif. Notes larger than 100 are produced in limited quantities for commercial trading purposes. These depict a map of Brae on the obverse side instead of a tondo of Orcus.
Leif notes are typically stored in flat hinged cases with the face side up. Portables ones are usually made of metal while those found inside homes are constructed out of marble or stone. The outside of the case lids are typically decorated with small paintings, reliefs, or inlaid with ivory or gemstones. Leif cases are often family heirlooms among elves.
Moisian Bean Edit
The Moisian Bean is the currency of choice throughout the Moisian plains. Since the form of the currency is made up of actual beans, it is technically a form of bartering. The beans used for the Moisian Bean are the bean seeds of the Moisian bean plant. Since the Moisian bean plant is a staple of the Moisian diet, the seeds are considered quite valuable.
Moisian bean seeds are typically 1.5 cm long and 1 cm wide with a creamy white color. There is no special character for denoting them in writing. Smaller purchases can be made with individual seeds but larger purchases are often done in weighed amounts of beans.
The Moisian Bean offers several unique advantages over hard currency. It is lightweight therefore making it much easier to transport in large quantities. Although tough to digest, they can also be used as food in dire circumstances. Finally they can be easily circulated in and out of the economy by simply planting more or less seeds each season. Consequently the Moisian economy is remarkably stable and the wealth gap is much smaller than in other regions.
The Southern Continent AKA The Land of Fire Edit
-hammered, etched, then rolled
The Borderlands Edit
Bartering is overwhelming dominant in the Borderland economy. The only accepted foreign currencies are Amorian coins or Mon coins from the Eastern continent.
The Great Plains Edit
The Rolling Plains Edit
The Eastern Continent Edit
Tian Guo Edit
-thick oval coins/flat oval bars called YELLOW DRAGON only used by the nobility
-all coins below feature a hole for stringing
-smooth jade coins with a round hole in the middle called AZURE DRAGON
-ivory coins with a slit in the middle used by the witches called WHITE TIGER
-obsidian coins called BLACK TORTOISE
-bronze coins called VERMILLION BIRD
-small brass coins with a square hole called mon, most common amongst the middle and lower classes