Economy

Gold Value

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.

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