Realms of Mythrais
Coinage of Mahn
The Kingdom of Mahn has a very relaxed system of coinage. The Royal Minter makes only Gold and Platinum Coins, all other coins are made by lesser nobles and churches even! These nobles usually pay their taxes in this sort of coinage; large shipments of freshly minted coins carried by the Heuaard Guard from a Ducal Estate to the King-City for the Royal Alchemist to test for proper weight and content. Any taxes paid in Gold or Platinum is sent by large bars worth 50 to 100 times the weight of a single coin.
The Coins of the Kingdom are:
White Banner: platinum coin holding the King’s Heraldic Symbol upon one face and the Holy Symbol of Vhal on the other. These coins are often used in large trade transactions or as “Holding Faith” coins by the Royal Minter. The Royal Minter presses a new order of these coins every year at mid-winter to prepare for the next merchant season from the platinum bars sent as tribute and tax from the prior tax season.
Gold Crowns: gold coin with the Crown of Mahn on one side and the City of Vhaelin on the other. These coins are made for the most common transactions within the kingdom. The Royal Minter is constantly producing these coins as both taxes and foreign coins that come into the Royal Coffers.
Silver Shield: Silver shields are produced by the Great Dukes, the Church and even the Druids. They hold a Shield on one side (with the heraldic symbol of the printer) and the Heraldic Symbol of the King on the other on a shield as well…these coins are supposed to represent the unity of the Kingdom.
Copper Common: These copper coins have a Sheaf of Barley on one side, and an axe and pick crossed on the other. Though the Great Dukes are allowed to print these coins, they rarely do. The majority of them are minted by the Duke Kaldor of Dwurholme and the Church of Vhal. The Church gives them as alms to the poor, and the Duke sends great chests of them every year with his caravan to his God-Son.
Tin Bits: These are the poor man’s coins of the Kingdom of Mahn. The Kingdom rarely has to produce these coins, they are usually a flood into the Kingdom from both Corash (actually Brass coins) and the tin-fields of the Borderland Freeholds (where many bronze coins are made). Some few nobles once made “Fools Gold” from mixing Copper and Zinc together and then buying off humanoid mercenaries with the coins; but those are from the days of the Fhraen War, though these coins are still floating around the Kingdom as “Bits” or Trade Coins.