Burning Over the Undersky
A trading city needs to be flexible in what coin it accepts. Skycliff takes virtually any means of trade save barter, although individual merchants are even more flexible. Some of the more common coins as examples:
From the Deep Sky Spine come the tal, a thick, heavy square gold coin with a shallow convexity to two edges, worth 20gp. It is stamped with the image of the King Under the High Mountain. The gil, a similarly thick square with a concavity to two edges, worth 5gp. It is stamped with the image of a fortress. The gel is a slight rhombus, worth 5sp. It is stamped with the image of an eagle. The kol is a more pronounced rhombus with the pointed ends squared off, worth 1sp. It is stamped with the image of a hammer.
From the Enfolding Green come the rou, a pierced gold circular coin with a ridged edge, engraved with a simple sun pattern. It is worth 5gp. The io is a pierced gold coin with a smooth edge, engraved with a simple vine pattern. It is worth 2gp. The hek is a pierced silver coin with a fluted edge, engraved with a simple water pattern. It is worth 5sp. These coins are frequently strung onto cord by the natives of the jungle.
From the Darksun’s Slumber come the se’a, a heavy gold circular coin with an inlay of silver on both sides, in the shape of a falcon on the obverse and a dagger on the reverse. It is worth 10gp. The se’n is a less heavy gold circular coin with a bronze inlay on both sides, shaped like a bear on the obverse and a bow on the reverse. It is worth 2gp. The aet is a silver circular coin with a copper inlay on the obverse in the shape of a wolf, with a simple stamp of a tree on the reverse. It is worth 2sp.
From Hu’re’sen come the gan, a small rectangle of embroidered vellum. The design is that of a stylized lion. It is worth 5gp. The har is a similar vellum embroidered with two spears. It is worth 1gp. The cie is a small oval coin made of polished obsidian and unadorned. It is worth 5sp.
From Veriis come the vil, a heavy circular coin made of engraved blue glass with a gilt edge. The engraving is of a dragon in flight. It is worth 20gp. The tas is a scored gold triangular bar that is broken off to make change. It is worth from 1-5gp. None of their smaller coin has made it into regular circulation this far east.
From Seft come the de, a large gold circular coin with a stamp of a griffin on both sides, obverse in a striking pose, reverse in repose. It is worth 5gp. The bey is a smaller gold circular coin with a stamp of a pair of scimitars on both sides, obverse crossed, reverse edges out. It is worth 2gp. The wend is a middle-sized silver coin with two holes pierced through it that the stamped image of a serpent winds between on both sides. It is worth 10sp. The pir is a small silver coin with a single hole in the top that the stamped image of an ant facing it on both sides. It is worth 2sp.
The coins are frequently referred to by citizens according to the images or their value. Thus reference will be made to “six griffins” “two lions” or even “three silver fives” but natives and traders will understand the amounts that are being discussed.