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World Building Tips: Currency

World Building Tips: Currency

So you’ve created a fictional world, complete with countries, regions, cultures, and peoples. Now you’re writing a scene in which your characters are in a market, buying some magical artifacts. They ask the price of the artifact, and the proprietor of the shop says “certainly, that’ll be 1,000 ___…” Uh oh. You forgot to create a currency for your fictional world. You try to think of a fancy name on the spot, like the drachma, ziggurat, kelsak, or quirmdraggle. Should you make the coins triangular, rhomboid, or just boring old circles? What metal are the coins made of? Are they even metal? You've read The Way of Kings and you kind of like Brandon Sanderson’s currency made of glass-coated gemstone chips…but is that realistic?