The Windward Coast
Currently the kingdom of Laurentia supports a value-based currency. In other words, the coins are made of materials that are approximately equal to their denomination. The crown supplies stamped coins to merchants in cities for goods and services who, in turn, pay for their needs with the exchange of this currency. Conceivably, one could melt down the metal into ingots and sell it back to the crown or other people for the equivalent value in currency, but there is really no need to take this extra step. The stamp of the crown assures the quality of the materials itself, while buying ingots from some shady character in the corner of the market is probably going to net you a less than pure sample.
The use of currency in rural areas is rarer, as they are far more likely to rely on a straight barter system. The currency does have a purpose in that it sets a standard for what items are valued at, but otherwise it’s just easier to trade for the items you want. It is not uncommon to enter a barter and offer currency to top up the equivalent amount you’re offering. For instance, a cow is generally regarded as worth 100 brass coins (or brassies; notated as br). You have two pigs, generally valued at 50 br. However, they are slightly sickly and thinner, lowering their value. You might offer a trade of coin in addition to the pigs for the cow.
The currency in coin name, value and materials are as follows:
1 Skitt (tin) = 1/5th br
1 Brassie (brass) = 5 skitts ($1 in GURPS)
1 Bucket (steel) = ~5 br
1 Red (copper/gold) = 10 buckets
1 Eagle (silver) = 10 reds
1 Crown (gold) = 10 eagles
The skitt is a small dun-coloured coin about the size of a small button. It carries the mark of a trident, symbol of the sea.
The brassie is a small brass coin about the size and thickness of a Canadian quarter. It is represented by the likeness of the king and his coat of arms on the back.
The bucket’s value is widely variable. As a result it is not seen very often in circulation in rural areas. It is a steel coin about the size of a Canadian dime. It also carries the likeness of the king and on the reverse a sailing vessel.
The red is a gold and copper alloy coin about the size of a Canadian $1 coin. It carries the king’s coat of arms and a likeness of Fanior on the reverse.
The eagle is a pure silver coin stamped with the likeness of the king and his castle on the reverse. It is about 3cm across and 3-4mm thick. These are often used in large transactions by the wealthier merchants in cities. They are never seen in the rural areas.
The crown is a pure gold coin about the size of a large bottle cap and slightly thinner than an eagle. It is embossed with the symbol of the current crown on one side and the first crown worn by the kings of Laurentia on the other. This denomination of coin is rarely seen, even by the wealthiest of people. The most likely place to see it is in the passing of payments between the crown and other kingdoms or very wealthy merchants they do business with.