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Money



This is my narrative and relevant references from the Books where Money is mentioned.
It is not meant to be anything other than the facts of the matter.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban


The value of one type of Gorean coin to another is not as easy as 25 US Pennies equal one US Quarter and 2 US Quarters equal one US 50¢ Piece.

You would always expect to receive 100 1 cent euro coins for one Euro, no matter which city you visit.

But the exchange value of Gorean coinage varies so much that there is simply no way to make such arbitrary statements.

In fact this is attested to within the series itself at least six different times. [1]

Even though efforts are made every year at the Sardar Fair to standardize the coins among major cities, so far this hasn't happened. [2]



These are the known Gorean coin denominations.

Copper Tarsk Bit "shaving" Swordsmen of Gor    Book 29    Page 298
Copper Tarsk Bit "piece" Conspirators of Gor    Book 31    Page 403
Copper Tarsk Bit Beasts of Gor    Book 12    Page 77
Copper Tarsk Tribesmen of Gor    Book 10    Page 36
Copper Tarn Outlaw of Gor    Book 2    Page 68
Copper Eight-Piece Assassin of Gor    Book 5    Pages 27 - 28
Copper Ten-Piece Rogue of Gor    Book 15    Page 126
Copper Twenty-Piece Conspirators of Gor    Book 31    Page 186
Copper Forty-Piece Assassin of Gor    Book 5    Pages 27 - 28
"smaller" Silver Tarsk
Prize of Gor    Book 27    Page 488
"larger" Silver Tarsk Kajira of Gor    Book 19    Page 407
Silver Tarn Tarnsman of Gor    Book 1    Page 165
Silver Forty-Piece Assassin of Gor    Book 5    Page 157
Silver Eighty-Piece Assassin of Gor    Book 5    Page 107
Silver Stater Swordsmen of Gor    Book 29    Page 132
Gold Tarsk Smugglers of Gor    Book 32    Page 522
Gold Tarn Tribesmen of Gor    Book 10    Page 158
Gold Stater Kajira of Gor    Book 19    Page 394
Gold Tarn of Double Weight Assassin of Gor    Book 5    Page 4





Less than a copper tarsk bit:

Smallest is the copper shaving [3]

Then there is the piece of a tarsk bit be it a quarter or an eighth [4]

But these are generally just a figure of speech.



The copper tarsk bit is generally accepted as the smallest denomination coin. [5]



Different quantities of Tarsk Bits equal a Copper Tarsk:

4 - 10 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [6]

8 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [7]

8 - 10 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [8]

10 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [9]

10 - 20 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [10]

100 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [11]



Based on one valuation, 8,000 Tarsk Bits would equal 1 regular Gold Tarn. [12]



Different quantities of Copper Tarsks equal one Silver Tarsk:

10 Copper Tarsks = 1 Silver Tarsk [13]

40 Copper Tarsks = 1 Silver Tarsk [14]

100 Copper Tarsks = 1 Silver Tarsk [15]



Different quantities of Silver Tarsks equal one Gold Tarn:

10 Silver Tarsks = 1 Gold Tarn [16]

100 Silver Tarsks = 1 Gold Tarn [17]



First is the Gold Tarsk usually valued at ten silver tarsks, [18]

then the Gold Tarn, the more common variety of regular weight, [19] which is of more value. [20]

And finally the Gold Tarn of Double Weight. [21]







[1] Gorean coinage tends to vary from community to community.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 120

To be sure, there is little standardization in these matters, for much depends on the actual weights of the coins and the quantities of precious metals, certified by the municipal stamps, contained in the coins.
Rouge of Gor     Book 15     Page 155

Although this varies from city to city, . . .
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 274

I was not always as knowledgeable as I might be about the relative values of various coins, of numerous cities, which, of course, depended on such things as compositions and weights, and exchange rates, which might fluctuate considerably.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 411

I think it would not be amiss to hypothesize certain approximate equivalencies here. To be sure, much seems to depend on the city and the particular weights involved.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 469

Although these matters differ considerably from city to city, and silver and gold is often weighed by merchants, common ratios in the vicinity of Brundisium at the time of this writing, given the inflation of the unsettled times,
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 488


[2] Every year at the Sardar Fair there is a motion before the bankers, literally, the coin merchants, to introduce a standardization of coinage among the major cities. To date, however, this has not been accomplished.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 411



Copper Shaving - Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 298
"She is humanly worthless," said Pertinax, "even if not economically so, whatever coin she might sell for, whatever price might take her off a slave block, whether a silver tarsk or a copper shaving. She is despicable. I hate her."


Piece of a Copper Tarsk Bit - Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 403
"I would suppose her use worth would be something like a quarter or an eighth of a tarsk-bit, if that. Indeed, one would be embarrassed to charge anything for the use of such a slave, so inferior she is, but it is, rather, that, this afternoon, I do not feel disposed to deal with fellows from Turia."


Copper Tarsk Bit - Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 77
I handed him a tarsk bit from my pouch, and pushed through the canvas.


Copper Tarsk - Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 36
I took the water and gave the man a copper tarsk.


Copper Tarn - Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 68
In this market, on the other hand, a steward would simply approach a vendor and point to some article, and hold up a certain number of fingers. The vendor would then hold up a higher number, sometimes bending his fingers at the knuckle to indicate a fraction of the value unit, which would be, presumably, the copper tarn disk.


Copper Eight-Piece - Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 27 - 28
The odds are usually one to forty, one copper tarn disk against a forty-piece, sometimes against an eight-piece, and sometimes the amateur who would play the master insists on further limitations, such as the option to three consecutive moves at a point in the game of his choice, or that the master must remove from the board, before the game begins, his two tarnsmen, or his Riders of the High Tharlarion.


Copper Ten-Piece - Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 126
I removed a ten-tarsk piece from the lining of my tunic.


Copper Twenty-Piece - Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 186
I saw a twenty-tarsk piece put in his hand.


Copper Forty-Piece - Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 27 - 28
The odds are usually one to forty, one copper tarn disk against a forty-piece, sometimes against an eight-piece, and sometimes the amateur who would play the master insists on further limitations, such as the option to three consecutive moves at a point in the game of his choice, or that the master must remove from the board, before the game begins, his two tarnsmen, or his Riders of the High Tharlarion.


Smaller / Common Silver Tarsk - Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 488
Depending on the nature of the silver tarsk, there will usually be ten to a hundred for a golden tarn disk. For the common silver tarsk, the smaller tarsk, the coin pertinent to the bidding in question, the ratio was one hundred such tarsks to the golden tarn disk, at least that of Ar or Jad, on Cos, and certain other major cities, including Brundisium.


"Larger" Silver Tarsk - Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 488
I looked at the silver tarsk on the table near Publius. It seemed very large and very heavy. It glinted softly in the light. I could see, in the light, a dark, crescentlike shadow on one side about its rim, on the wood.


Silver Tarn - Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 165
I tossed a silver tarn disk to the tarn keeper and ordered him to care for the bird, to groom and feed it and see that it was ready on an instant's notice.


Silver Forty-Piece - Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 157
Irritably I gave him a silver forty-piece, far more than enough to pay for the spilled candies, and strode away.


Silver Eighty-Piece - Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 107
I have heard of a cup of black wine in Ar, some years ago, selling for a silver eighty-piece.


Silver Stater - Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 132
"The strange men were generous," said another. "Each of us received, in copper tarsks, the equivalent of a silver stater of Brundisium."


Gold Tarsk - Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 522
"Here," said Axel, who drew from his wallet a small coin, a yellow coin, a gold tarsk, perhaps from Besnit or Harfax, where such coins are popular, and tossed it to my captor, who caught it.


Gold Tarn - Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 158
A gold tarn disk of Ar is more than many common laborers earn in a year.


Gold Tarn of Double Weight - Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 4
Yet he had in the pockets of his belt twenty gold tarn disks, and of double weight.



[3] "She is humanly worthless," said Pertinax, "even if not economically so, whatever coin she might sell for, whatever price might take her off a slave block, whether a silver tarsk or a copper shaving. She is despicable. I hate her."
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 298


[4] "For most," said Desmond, "I would suppose her use fee should be a tarsk-bit. Unfortunately there is no smaller coin. Perhaps one might split a tarsk-bit in two."
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 402

"I would suppose her use worth would be something like a quarter or an eighth of a tarsk-bit, if that. Indeed, one would be embarrassed to charge anything for the use of such a slave, so inferior she is, but it is, rather, that, this afternoon, I do not feel disposed to deal with fellows from Turia."
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 403

"Excellent," said a passing fellow, regarding me, helpless, in the slave bow. "I will give you a quarter of a tarsk-bit for her."
. . .
"Surely I am worth more than a quarter of a tarsk-bit," I said.
In fact, as far as I knew, there was no such coin. To be sure, there is a welter of currencies on Gor. Much depends on the city. I would later learn that the phrase most often functions as a figure of speech.
In many markets, scales are used, particularly if gold or silver figures in the transaction. Coins can be debased, shaved, or such. Scales are particularly important if, say, a silver buckle, or a scrap cut from a gold vessel, should be in question.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Pages 652 - 653


[5] The smallest Gorean coin is usually a tarsk bit
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 120

Only a tarsk bit." It was the smallest, least significant Gorean coin, at least in common circulation.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 120

The tarsk bit, of course, in most cities, is the smallest denomination coin in common circulation.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 107

The tarsk bit is the smallest-denomination coin in common circulation in most Gorean cities.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 429

Ellen stiffened as he then gave a tarsk-bit, the hundredth part of a mere copper tarsk, to Portus Canio. Portus took the coin and put it in the guardsman's wallet at his belt.
"That is doubtless, objectively, what she is worth," said Portus Canio.
"Alas," said Selius Arconious, "there is no smaller coin."
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 521

"For most," said Desmond, "I would suppose her use fee should be a tarsk-bit. Unfortunately there is no smaller coin. Perhaps one might split a tarsk-bit in two."
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 402


[6] a tarsk bit, usually valued from a quarter to a tenth of a tarsk
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 120

copper tarsks, each one of which can be worth anywhere from ten to four tarsk bits, usually eight.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 274


[7] copper tarsks, each one of which can be worth anywhere from ten to four tarsk bits, usually eight.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 274

Too, sometimes coins are literally chopped into pieces. This is regularly done with copper tarsks, to produce, usually, the eight tarsk bits equivalent in most cities to the copper tarsk.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 411

It seems there are usually eight tarsk bits in a copper tarsk,
. . .
eight tarsk bits to a copper tarsk
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 469

"That is more than forty-eight copper tarsks," I said.
"More than four times as much," he said, "as Brundisium counts tarsks." I knew there were considerable differences in coinages from city to city. Gorean polities are fiercely independent, and many are substantially isolated from the others. That is why money changers commonly rely on scales, at least for gold and silver. For example, in some cities there are eight tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk, and in others, such as Brundisium, a major commercial port, a hundred tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk. These divisions, it seems, might facilitate subtle distinctions in pricing and trading.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Pages 531 - 532


[8] In Brundisium 100 copper tarsks is commonly valued at a silver tarsk.
In Brundisium there are 100 tarsk-bits to the copper tarsk. In many cities, Ar, Besnit, Thentis, Ko-ro-ba, and such, the tarsk-bit is more valuable, there being most often eight or ten to a copper tarsk.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 18


[9] One of the guardsmen opened her mouth, not gently, and retrieved the coin, a rather large one, a tarsk bit. Ten such coins make a copper tarsk.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 54

"Give me then," said she, "a tarsk bit, the tenth of a copper tarsk.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 300

In Port Kar, and generally in the Vosk Basin, there are ten tarsk bits to a copper tarsk
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 59

"Five copper tarsks each," said he.
"Thank you, Master!" said Ellen.
"You are all vain she-urts," he said, turning away.
"Yes, Master!" said Ellen, delightedly.
That would be in most cities something like one hundred tarsk-bits altogether. It would be something like fifty tarsk-bits for each lad.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 374


[10] copper tarsks, each of which valued, commonly, at some ten to twenty tarsk bits.
Rouge of Gor     Book 15     Page 155


[11] common ratios in the vicinity of Brundisium at the time of this writing, given the inflation of the unsettled times, are a hundred tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk,
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 488

It was an even silver tarsk, or an even hundred copper tarsks, of the sort common in Kailiauk, figured in multiples of ten, over the earlier standing bid of six nine.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 133

In Brundisium 100 copper tarsks is commonly valued at a silver tarsk.
In Brundisium there are 100 tarsk-bits to the copper tarsk. In many cities, Ar, Besnit, Thentis, Ko-ro-ba, and such, the tarsk-bit is more valuable, there being most often eight or ten to a copper tarsk.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 18

"That is more than forty-eight copper tarsks," I said.
"More than four times as much," he said, "as Brundisium counts tarsks." I knew there were considerable differences in coinages from city to city. Gorean polities are fiercely independent, and many are substantially isolated from the others. That is why money changers commonly rely on scales, at least for gold and silver. For example, in some cities there are eight tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk, and in others, such as Brundisium, a major commercial port, a hundred tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk. These divisions, it seems, might facilitate subtle distinctions in pricing and trading.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Pages 531 - 532


[12] On this approach there would be, literally, 8,000 tarsk bits in a single gold piece.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 469


[13] There are one hundred copper tarsks to one silver tarsk in Kailiauk. The ratio is ten to one in certain other cities and towns.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 120


[14] The tarsk is a silver coin, worth forty copper tarn disks.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 160


[15] A hundred copper tarsks make a silver tarsk.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 54

A silver tarsk is, to most Goreans, a coin of considerable value. In most exchanges it is valued at a hundred copper tarsks,
Rouge of Gor     Book 15     Page 155

There are one hundred copper tarsks to one silver tarsk in Kailiauk.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 120

and one hundred copper tarsks to a silver tarsk.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 59

it is not unusual for a silver tarsk to be exchangeable for a hundred copper tarsks,
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 274

I had cost him only fifty copper tarsks, half a silver tarsk.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 280

All told then, at the exchange rate of 100 C.T. per silver tarsk, the women had cost me two silver tarsks, 87 C.T.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 142

There are apparently something like one hundred copper tarsks in a silver tarsk in many cities.
. . .
one hundred copper tarsks to a silver tarsk
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 469

and a hundred copper tarsks to a silver tarsk
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 488

The highest price, so far, had been brought by the former Lady Persinna, who had gone for three and a half silver tarsks, three silver tarsks and fifty copper tarsks.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 138

She finally went for forty-eight, forty-eight copper tarsks. I had conjectured that she would bring, as a first sale girl, and a barbarian, a half tarsk, half a silver tarsk. She had fallen short of this by two full copper tarsks,
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 21


[16] Ten silver tarsks, usually, is regarded as the equivalent of one gold piece, of one of the high cities.
Rouge of Gor     Book 15     Page 155

Similarly, something like ten silver tarsks would apparently be equivalent, depending on weights, etc., to one gold piece, say, a single "tarn."
. . .
ten silver tarsks to a gold piece, a single tarn.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 469

Depending on the nature of the silver tarsk, there will usually be ten to a hundred for a golden tarn disk.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 488

We then left the back room, and, a bit later, Callias had exchanged one of the tiny beadlike golden tarsks for nine silver tarsks, ninety-nine copper tarsks, and a hundred tarsk-bits, at one of the changing tables maintained in the warehouse by the harbor administration, to facilitate trading.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 547



[17] For the common silver tarsk, the smaller tarsk, the coin pertinent to the bidding in question, the ratio was one hundred such tarsks to the golden tarn disk,
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 488

She scarcely realized that there was now a bid on her of ten silver tarsks. That is too much, she thought, too much! That was a full tenth of a golden tarn disk!
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 489

"Of what value is this?" I said, looking down at the tiny golden tarsk in my hand.
"Something like a hundred silver tarsks," said Callias.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 557


[18] If your Paula sold for a single coin it would have been a gold tarsk, or a gold tarn, probably a gold tarsk. A gold tarsk is usually valued at ten silver tarsks, and a gold tarn, in today's market, might well purchase two draft tarns, a racing tarn or a war tarn.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 338


[19] "I was thinking of something more in the neighborhood one hundred pieces of gold," he said.
"Gold?" I asked.
"Tarn disks of Ar, full weight," he said.
"Of Ar?"
"Yes."
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 435

"But it is a hundred pieces of gold," I said, "tarn disks of Ar, full weight."
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 484

"Five," said the plainly clad fellow, "five golden tarn disks, each of full weight, each from the Ubar's mint, at Jad, on Cos."
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 493


[20] If your Paula sold for a single coin it would have been a gold tarsk, or a gold tarn, probably a gold tarsk. A gold tarsk is usually valued at ten silver tarsks, and a gold tarn, in today's market, might well purchase two draft tarns, a racing tarn or a war tarn.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 338


[21] Mintar reached into the pouch at his waist and drew forth a golden tarn disk, of double weight.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 174

Without speaking the man took twenty pieces of gold, tarn disks of Ar, of double weight, and gave them to Kuurus, who placed them in the pockets of his belt.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 4

I took from my belt a tarn disk of double weight, and of gold, and gave it to the Player, who took it in his fingers and felt its weight, and then he put it between his teeth and bit it.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 34 - 35

He lifted, heavily, to the dais on which my chair and table sat a heavy leather sack filled with golden tarn disks of double weight, of Cos and Tyros, of Ar and Port Kar, even of distant Thentis and remote Turia, far to the south.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Pages 230 - 231

a "double tarn" is twice the weight of a "tarn."
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 469






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