Wealth and Money

COINS

Salomon Koninck (1609-1656) Title : De goudweger.
Salomon Koninck (1609-1656) Title : De goudweger

The most common coin is the gold piece (gp). A gold piece is worth 10 silver pieces. Each silver piece is worth 10 copper pieces (cp). In addition to copper, silver, and gold coins, there are also platinum pieces (pp), which are each worth 10 gp. The standard coin weighs about a third of an ounce (fifty to the pound).

Coins
 —–Exchange Value —-
 Copper piece (cp)Silver piece (sp)Gold piece (gp)Platinum piece (pp)
Copper piece (cp) =11/101/1001/1,000
Silver piece (sp) =1011/101/100
Gold piece (gp) =1001011/10
Platinum piece (pp) =1,000100101

EQUIPMENT

Artist Evert Collier (circa 1640–1708) Title A Vanitas
Artist Evert Collier (circa 1640–1708) Title A Vanitas

Assume a character owns at least one outfit of normal clothes. Pick any one of the following clothing outfits: artisan’s outfit, entertainer’s outfit, explorer’s outfit, monk’s outfit, peasant’s outfit, pickpocket’s outfit, scholar’s outfit, or traveler’s outfit.

WEALTH OTHER THAN COINS

Merchants commonly exchange trade goods without using currency. As a means of comparison, some trade goods are detailed below.

Trade Goods
CostItem
1 cpOne pound of wheat
2 cpOne pound of flour, or one chicken
1 spOne pound of iron
5 spOne pound of tobacco or copper
1 gpOne pound of cinnamon, or one goat
2 gpOne pound of ginger or pepper, or one sheep
3 gpOne pig
4 gpOne square yard of linen
5 gpOne pound  of salt or silver
10 gpOne square yard of silk, or one cow
15 gpOne pound of saffron or cloves, or one ox
50 gpOne pound of gold
500 gpOne pound of platinum

SELLING LOOT

In general, a character can sell something for half its listed price.

Trade goods are the exception to the half-price rule. A trade good, in this sense, is a valuable good that can be easily exchanged almost as if it were cash itself.

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