Trade

Currency

In the Suwarnabumi region, many cultures don't have their own currencies. Bartering is by far the most prevalent form of trade, especially beyond the city limits. Only cities and maritime states use coins made from precious metal. However, there is no centralized currency used by all people; scales and the purity of a coin is used to determine its true value.

Money is called siram, which literally means "a bowl of water", but the word also stands for money.

In Kaliyatra, coins issued here are made from either tin or silver, with serrated edges and Veraist inscriptions. Gold coins brought from Padmattiya and bronze coins imported by the Pahanari is also adopted as currency within the empire. Pahanari coins are easily recognized by their Thalathanist writing, and money from Padmattiya and further east are round with a square hole in the middle. Some organizations even mint their own coins, such as the Far East Trading Company and Pahanari Commerce Guild.

Other Currencies

Animal Tokens

Some regions of Panau island is especially rich in tin ore. The Ebon and other indigenous groups on the island sometimes use commodity money in the form of small tin tokens shaped and moulded like animals. These are traditionally thought to bring fortune to the one who carries it. Generally speaking, the size of these tin animals tokens determines the value. Common shapes include the snake, cat, boar, rhinoceros, or bird.

Knife Money

Hao merchants sometimes trade with so called knife money made from tin or copper. Each knife is about 5 to 5-1/2 inches in length weighing around 0.30 to 0.60 ounces depending on the material it was made from. The knives are marked with numerals that indicate their value. Knife money made by the Haolang bear the inscription "legal currency of the Haolang kingdom", while local money does not. These knives are rarely sharp, having round or thick blades making them much sturdier. Knife money serve the same purpose as regular coins does in major cities.

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