Under The Sun
100 copper = 10 silver = 1 gold in 4th edition. Our campaign just deals in gold pieces.
But how much is 1 gold piece actually worth in our D&D world?
At shops and inns across Nentir Vale, the owners always ask this question first: “What’s the color of your coin?”
You see, peasants get by on about 1sp per day. That’s the equivalent of a modern poor person scraping by on $5/day. The peasants mostly barter for goods, and have to save up for even the most mundane tools. Most peasants deal in copper coins, and few ever possess a single gold coin.In my campaign, 1gp is roughly equivalent to $50 US.
- 1gp = $50
- 1sp = $5
- 1cp = 50c
Keep in mind that everything is hand-crafted, nothing is mass-produced in this fantasy world. 15gp might seem cheap for a longsword, but that’s like paying $750 for a nice hand-made weapon.
So here’s a conversion chart to give you the idea of how poor/rich your character is. Again, most of these items are hand-made.
- Dagger = 1gp = $50 (compare to high quality modern knife)
- Longsword = 15gp = $750 (compare to modern gun prices)
- Plate Armor = 50gp = $2,500
- Backpack = 2gp = $100 (compare to nice hiking backpack)
- 50’ Rope = 1gp = $50
- Adventurer’s Kit = 15gp = $750
- Candle = 1cp = 50c
- Meal (Common) = 2sp = $10
- Meal (Feast) = 5gp = $250
- Spellbook = 50gp = $2500 (compare to a modern laptop)
- Riding Horse = 75gp = $3,750 (compare to modern used car/motorcycle price)
- Potion of Healing = 50gp = $2,500
- Vicious Weapon +1 (Level 2 magic item) = 520gp = $26,000
- Lifedrinker Weapon +1 (Level 5 magic item) = 1000gp = $50,000
- Magic Weapon +3 (Level 11 magic item) = 9000gp = $450,000
By level 5 you’re worth $100k in gear and cash. Compare to an army grunt.
By level 10 you’re worth $1 million in gear and cash. Compare to a high-tech, special-forces soldier.
By level 20 you’re worth $50 million in gear and cash. Compare to an astronaut.
By level 30 you’re worth $25 billion in gear and cash. Compare to Bruce Wayne.