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Most commerce on Golarion is transacted in some combination of gold, silver, and copper pieces. While rates might regionally vary, ten copper pieces are generally worth one silver piece, ten silver pieces are worth one gold piece, and ten gold pieces are worth one platinum piece.[1]

Because of increased trade in the Inner Sea region, there has also been increased standardization of currency weight and pureness, to the point where nearly any coin of a given type minted in one country can be exchanged for a similar foreign coin. Despite this useful standardization, each nation (and sometimes each city) mints its own currency.[2]

On Golarion

Absalom

Absalom's currency consists of copper pennies, silver weights, electrum crests, gold measures, and platinum sphinxes. The Absalom Mint collects, melts, and re-mints the coins of other nations.[3]

Copper penny
Absalom does not regularly mint pennies, typically using varied denominations for minor transactions. Occasionally an adventuring party, hero, or other special event will be commemorated by a limited mintage of these coins.[3]
Silver weight
A "weight", always of silver, is the standard unit of commerce, even for very large transactions.[3]
Electrum crest
Absalom no longer mints crests, but some were created during ancient crises as coins of mixed silver, gold, and copper. They are accepted only in Absalom at the same value as a silver weight.[3]
Gold measure
Absalom's coin is the weight of a full measure of gold, and the standard by which such coins are assessed.[3]
Platinum sphinx
These "lion-coins" are used in exchanges between large mercantile houses, and depict the mother-sphinx on the obverse and Azlanti Keep on the reverse.[3]

Alkenstar

Alkenstar's official currency is an octagonal doubloon; each coin has a unique serial number and the seal of the Grand Duchy of Alkenstar printed on it. The coins are called 'luckies' by Alkenstarians.[4]

Andoran

In Andoran the coins are named as follows: copper caps, silver wolves, gold sails, and platinum falcons.[2]

Brevoy

The people of Brevoy use copper bits, silver links, gold crowns, and platinum dragons.[2]

Katapesh

The Katapeshi have copper grains, silver pennies, gold scarabs, and platinum genies.[2]

Numeria

Silverdisks
Silverdisks are small, etched silver disks frequently used in place of currency by the people of Numeria.[5]

Osirion

The gold coins of Osirion are known as gold scarabs.[6]

River Kingdoms

Pitax

Merchants deal in gold shivs in Pitax.[7]

Varisia

Korvosa

A Korvosan gold sail.

The Bank of Abadar in the North Point district of Korvosa mints coins which are legal tender throughout Varisia.[8] The names for the various coins are:

Copper Pinch
Both the singular and plural term for the Korvosan copper coin is pinch and never pinches.[9]
Silver Shield
The silver coins are always referred to as silver shields, and never simply as silvers.[9]
Gold Sail
Like silver shields, gold coins are never abbreviated, and are always gold sails.[9]
Platinum Crown
The platinum coins are either platinum crowns or just crowns.[9]

Magnimar

In Magnimar, gold sails are discussed and this is likely a reference to Korvosan currency, as Korvosan coins are legal tender throughout Varisia.[10]

On other planes

Devils, demons, and night hags trade for or steal souls for eternal servitude or to use them as currency.[11] In Erebus, souls are broken apart into soul fragments and used as currency.[12]

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