Tales from the Inner Sea
Currency and trade
A small note on the currency of the Inner Sea and its surrounding nations is in order. The standard currency format is that used by the Armavine Empire, and though individual nations and peoples may mint and create their own coins, the name used is customarily the same and the value of each coin never changes as the weight of a coin is tied to the value of the metal it is made of. They are the Ame, which is a gold coin, the Lara which is a silver coin and the Gritha which is a copper coin. The Ame and Lara are by custom an inch in diameter with the Gritha being 3 quarters of the size and noticeably thinner. The Lara is set as the baseline currency unit, with the Ame having come about as a need in older times for a more portable coin in matters of trade. An Ame is made up of the value of 10 Lara and 10 Gritha make up a Lara.
Ames are most often used in trade to allow easier transport of moneys from one pace to another, but in places like Padiha and the Empire it is becoming more customary for the uses of Letters of Credit to be issued, though this is by no means universal in places outside of those 2 realms. In Bassur and especially Calvia for example most people would prefer good old coin thank you, and an Altai or Voyan would look at you with amused refusal and unamused hostility respectively if a Letter of Credit was offered.
Lara are the most commonly encountered coin for most travelling inhabitants of the Inner Sea, and it’s buying power is often regarded as enough for one such coin to feed and house an adult for one day (though not in great luxury) in an urban environment and a family of 4 in a rural one. Most people prefer to deal in Lara as a result for simplicity and ease.
Lastly is the copper Gritha, a thin coin 3 quarters the diameter of the other coins and noticeably thinner. This coin is used most often by the ordinary person in the street, used for buying a (poor) drink in a tavern or a few might be used to buy a meal from a market vendor like a pasty or pie. It has fewer other applications, but as there are a lot more ordinary and poor people in the world, the Gritha will keep on serving their needs.
Each of the 3 types of coin is expected to have a standard weight that can be easily weighed to save time. Clipping and counterfeiting is almost unheard of due to the image of a God being on each coin. Few would tempt the ill will of a God by tampering with their likeness.
In the end, barter is still a useful and widespread method of trade in rural and less civilized locales, with coin being rarely used in some regions as a result.