Tuesday Magic Item – Three-Silver Coin

22 April, 2014

TriSilverGorian hide his smile as the greedy merchant accepted the over-sized silver coin and did not offer additional change.  “Will that be all, sir?” the Merchant asked, the coin vanishing into his pocket.

“For now,” Gorian nodded taking the packet of candies.  He nodded to Maus as he left the store and tapped his waistcoat pocket.

A few minutes later, Gorian was sitting watching the fountain in the market square.  Maus settled down next to him and passed over the coin.  “Smooth as ice.  He even had a couple of other coins in there, I think he was skimming from his employer.”

“Well, greed is it own punishment sometimes,” grinned Gorian.  “Shall we find a game of cards?”

“Without doubt, I hear there is one going on in the back room of the Dancing Dog.”

Three-Silver Coin

These coins are slightly larger and thicker than a standard silver coin and marked with the numeral three on one side with a variety of designs on the obverse.  While not quite three times as heavy as a standard silver coin they do obviously contain at least twice as much and of obvious purity.  The coin, however, is resistant to any attempt to clip, shave or cut it, stubbornly retaining all of its silver.  It is suspected these coins have some sort of divine origin but if they were created by a god of justice or trickery is unknown.

The coin’s power is triggered when someone accepts the coin as payment but out of greed does not value it at more than a single silver coin.  For the next week and a day, everything will just go slightly wrong for that person, they will suffer a -1 luck penalty on all attacks, saves and skill checks.  This minor curse can be broken, possibly inadvertently, if the effected person commits an act of charity.

Conversely, the person who was ‘cheated’ out of the coin gains a +1d6 luck bonus on a single roll made at some point in the next day, the choice to take the luck bonus must be made before the end result of the roll is known.

The coin’s ability can only be used once before resetting at each dawn and dusk.

Aura faint necrourgy; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 750; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bestow curse, prayer, shield of faith; Cost 375

Notes: Just a strange little item with all sorts of interesting applications in the hands of a creative person.  You can read more about coins in the ancient world here.

Photo adapted from Bobby131313‘s on Wikipedia and used under under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.


  1. Very cute. I like it.

    • A weird one but fun and ripe for interesting use.

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