System of Exchange
Officially, barter in goods and services has replaced money.
Unofficially, there are several smiths in any city who will make you a number of weighted gold and silver pieces in exchange for something or other. These are often sewn into clothing to disguise them from the more conservative Dinotopians, who may alert the elders.
The elders are aware that this illegal trade is going on and have deemed it a rotting infection on the spirit of Dinotopia. However, there’s not a whole lot they can actually do, save bringing in those caught with coins for questioning, trying to shut down smithies, maybe a little light torture when their subjects are uncooperative. But by and large they have no real control.
One piece of gold or silver is about half an inch in diameter, roughly round, and typically has no markings. One silver piece will buy you a bowl of soup, some bread, and some fish from the average tavern. One gold piece is worth about five silver pieces, and will buy a decent room for the night. For transactions less than one silver piece, silver or gold powder is typically used and weighed against pieces. Certain spices and seasonings are also considered common currency; the most typically used is salt. The amount of salt weighing the same as one silver piece is worth about half that piece (or, in the parlance, ‘half a silver’).
Much more rare are pearls, which range somewhat in value but are typically worth ten gold pieces.
A quick reference guide to price, adapted from the 5.6 CoC sourcebook pgs 254-255:
|Felt top hat||1sp|
|Full sweep satin cape||1gp, 3sp|
|Fine Wine (bottle)||2sp|
|Lodging and Dining||Average Price|
|Good hotel (per night)||1gp|
|Average hotel (per night)||2sp|
|House (rent per year)||120gp|
|Apartment (rent per week)||4sp|
|Medical Equipment||Average Price|
|Surgeon’s instrument set||4gp|
|Outdoor and Travel Gear||Average Price|
|Camp cooking kit||1gp, 2sp|
|Fishing tackle and lures||2gp|
For anything else, please reference the aforementioned pages. 1gp translates to roughly $5. Remember, illegal objects (such as weapons) will cost much more than the price given in the CoC book.