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(TFT) Electrum info
There was a bit about a month ago on diffrent bimetalic, trimetalic, etc.
monatary systems and Electrum was brought up. Some folks had problems with
it because it was difficult to determine the value of the alloy. I got a bit
curious as to why it would have made it into something like D&D in the first
place and a bit of research came up with the following;
The ancient kingdom of Lydia in Aisa Minor on the Aegean Sea minted the
first coins in it's capital of Sardis. The coins were small oval-shaped bits
of metal made of electrum. Before this metals were traded in chunks that had
to be weighed by money dealers in the market place to determine their value.
Later on these chunks were shaped into bars of a given weight that was
stamped with a die to mark it. These dies were wedged shaped pieces of very
hard metal and were called coins. The last king of Lydia was named Croesus
and was known for his great wealth. He is credited with minting the first
pure gold coins and is the source of the saying "as rich as Croesus".
Typicaly coins were valued by taking a given weight of metal and breaking it
into parts (usually 60) each part then being struck as a coin. The first
"inflation" occured when a base metal was added to the metal being broken
into parts for minting.
"from Coins and Coin Collecting, golden press"
".... but is it Chiba?"
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