The dwarves have a culturally pure monetary system since they conducted virtually no trade with outside cultures until only a few hundred years ago. Since dwarves cling stubbornly to tradition, this system of currency has remained unchanged.
Raw iron forms the backbone of dwarven currency. A dwarf plucks his own wealth from the ground with his own hands. Purified iron is used as wealth based on weight. This follows the dwarven belief that hard work is rewarded and the lazy should go hungry.
Beyond mining iron from the ground as wealth, dwarves use large and decorative coins.
The krona is a large copper coin, oval in shape, with intricate geometric etchings on the front and an unfurled scroll on the back. It is the least valuable and most common coin. Forty krona equal one kegran.
A kegran is a large silver oval coin with an embedded jewel. Usually a small ruby or emerald. It has geometric patterns on the front and a pickaxe depicted on the back. Seven kegran equal a mourin.
A mourin is a highly decorative golden disk, again, oval in shape, about the size of a man's hand. A mourin is etched with geometric patterns and simple images. On its back is the imprint of a lantern. It is almost always crusted with multiple gems. A mourin is more like a small work of art than a coin. Many dwarves specialize in the manufacture of these items. Others pay for them with raw iron.
While dwarven currency is prized in many nations for the materials and workmanship that go into them, the dwarves themselves care little for the money of other nations and usually melt such coins down for the metal.
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