Coins (Absalom)

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The Coins
(City district)

Oligarchy (district council)
Source: Guide to Absalom, pg(s). 20-22 (1E)
Absalom, City of Lost Omens, pg(s). 107-119 (2E)
For another meaning of "coins", please see List of currencies.

The Coins district in Absalom is located north of the great city's docks1 and near the heart of the City at the Center of the World.2 This area is home to much of the trade,3 both legal and illegal, that occurs within Absalom. The transient nature of its primarily merchant population facilitates the illicit exchange of drugs and other contraband.1

Despite its reputation, some areas of the district such as the Monger's Mart and Grand Bazaar remain more respectable, where the potential for profit outweighs the risk of unlawful dealings.1 Wherever money changes hands, however, tempers and greed can get the best of even the most civil, and only The Puddles district reports more murders in Absalom.1


Commerce in the district occurs at all hours. Taverns are open 24 hours a day, magical and natural illumination keep markets open through the night, and public Time Callers announce every hour on the street.4


Myleena of House Arnsen is the nomarch of the Coins' district council, which is known as the Coin Council. Until the recent abolition of slavery within the city,5 Lord Navvem of House Wachail, another member of the Coin Council, held the position of Slave Overseer.4

District guard

The Coins' district watch is colloquially known as the Token Guard and takes a lenient view on crime. The guard responds to offenses only when paid to do so by a private concern or to avoid the attention of the primarch. The Token Guard's typical response to a disturbance is to arrest everyone at the scene and hold them for disturbing the peace at Bail House until someone can pay for their release.4

Places of interest

Dozens of stores, taverns, halls, and other places of interest dot the district, but the following are perhaps the most well-known locations in the Coins:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 55. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. Owen K.C. Stephens. Guide to Absalom, inside front cover. Paizo Inc., 2008
  3. Jenny Jarzabski, et al. “Introduction” in Adventurer's Armory 2, 2–3. Paizo Inc., 2017
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Owen K.C. Stephens. “Places” in Guide to Absalom, 20. Paizo Inc., 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 Erik Mona, et al. Absalom and Starstone Isle” in World Guide, 15. Paizo Inc., 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Owen K.C. Stephens. “Places” in Guide to Absalom, 21. Paizo Inc., 2008
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Owen K.C. Stephens. “Places” in Guide to Absalom, 22. Paizo Inc., 2008
  8. Erik Mona, et al. Absalom” in Absalom, City of Lost Omens, 30. Paizo Inc., 2021 Prior to this work, the guild was referred to as the Forthright Men.
  9. Adam Daigle. Poisoned Lodge” in Rival Guide, 52. Paizo Inc., 2011
  10. Michael Sayre. “Sixty Feet Under” in Sixty Feet Under, 7. Paizo Inc., 2020
  11. Jason Keeley. “All or Nothing” in All or Nothing, 24. Paizo Inc., 2020
  12. Richard Pett. Owlbear” in Dungeon Denizens Revisited, 38. Paizo Inc., 2009
  13. Owen K.C. Stephens. “Introduction” in Guide to Absalom, 2. Paizo Inc., 2008
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Owen K.C. Stephens. “Places” in Guide to Absalom, 12. Paizo Inc., 2008
  15. Owen K.C. Stephens. “Places” in Guide to Absalom, 36. Paizo Inc., 2008
  16. Per Erik Mona, the Merchants' Quarter is part of The Coins. See Erik Mona. (February 11, 2016). Comment on "Which Absalom map is correct?", Paizo messageboards.