Barons of the Stonelands
“Commerce is the lifeblood of civilization” -Ersatz Carrow, Waterdhavian Merchant
In Cormyr, as in the other realms, currency is defined by a gold standard. That is, all coins issued by a realm are backed by an amount of gold in vaults and treasuries associated with that realm. In practice, gold is much too valuable to be a realistic currency for the everyday transactions of farmers and tradespeople. Instead, silver and copper coins are issued to support these transactions.
In Cormyr, the standard coin is a Cormyrean Golden Lion. Silver coins are called Falcons and are worth 1/10th of a Lion, while five copper Thumbs make a Falcon.
In earlier days when coins were scarce, two sorts of trade tokens were used in Suzail. These flat, shaped pieces of wood branded with a treasury stamp are still honoured. Two sorts of disc exist: the Anvil and the Wheel, and they are shaped accordingly. Wheels are equivalent to Falcons, and Anvils to Thumbs. Anvil and wheel trade tokens havent been made for 30 years.
Cormyr also respects the standard weights of trade bars: 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-pound bars of precious metals stamped with the mark of the mint that smelted them (Suzail in Cormyr). These are made of silver or gold. A 1-lb silver trade bar is worth 5 Lions, and a 1-lb gold trade bar is worth 50. Heavier trade bars are worth proportionally more. Gold trade bars are very rare since very few transactions require a currency with such a high face value.
Although paper money is not used, an IOU written in the owing party’s blood and stamped with a royal agent appointed to watch over trade’s seal is considered legal tender.