silver standard

Currency Differences in Thedas

Gold, Silver, and Bronze is standard fare across Thedas. The modern Thedas currency created by Dwarves in order to regulate the trade and economy with the surface world.

In Fereldan Gold pieces are Sovereigns, Silver are of course Silvers, and Bronze is Bits.

Orlais uses Royals for their Gold pieces, Silver pieces are referred to as Crowns, and Bronze is Bits like Fereldan or Pennies.

In Antiva, Andris are some type of currency used in large numbers (I assume Gold or Silver pieces?).

For larger transactions, bars (bricks of the currency metals) and strands (stacks of the metals) can be used, usually this is fare of Governments and the Merchant’s Guild. For example: Hawke would pay gold pieces to buy new armor, while Varric would buy a new estate or make an investment in bars and strands.



56 million years ago, a pocket of cooling magma in the North American Plate crystalized into granite. The persistent pressure of the Pacific Plate slowly pushed that granite upward, and the sedimentary rock around it was stripped away by wind and water.

About 15,000 years ago, humans arrived in the region. A group of them stayed and became the Koyukon Athabaskan people.  They called the mountain Denali (“the high one”).

In 1867, US Secretary of State William Seward negotiated the purchase of the arctic peninsula that contained this mountain. He paid Russia $7.2 million. The peninsula was called Alaska after a native Aleut word.

In 1896, prospector and Princeton alumni William A. Dickey named the mountain McKinley after the governor of Ohio. Governor William McKinley was running for president, and he supported the use of gold (not silver) as the standard for currency. According to explorer Belmore Browne:

A few years ago I asked Mr. Dickey why he named the mountain McKinley, and he answered that while they were in the wilderness he and his partner fell in with two prospectors who were rabid champions of free silver, and that after listening to their arguments for many weary days, he retaliated by naming the mountain after the champion of the gold standard.

In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist who had concealed a gun in his handkerchief.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson officially named the mountain Mt. McKinley. Most Alaskans and mountaineers still called it Denali.

In 1975, the Alaska Legislature officially requested that the United States Board on Geographic Names change the name of the mountain to Denali. Ohio senator Ralph Regula effectively blocked the name change for decades.

In 2009, Regula retired.

In 2015, the White House announced that Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will change the official name of the mountain to Denali. Here’s what some people said:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):

There is a reason President McKinley’s name has served atop the highest peak in North America for more than 100 years, and that is because it is a testament to his great legacy … I’m deeply disappointed in this decision.

Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio):

This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Commitee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action.

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio):

I’m disappointed with the Administration’s decision to change the name of Mt. McKinley in Alaska … This decision by the Administration is yet another example of the President going around Congress

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska):

For generations, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as “the great one.” Today we are honored to be able to officially recognize the mountain as Denali. I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect and gratitude to the Athabaskan people of Alaska.

The re-naming kicks off Obama’s trip to Alaska, where he hopes to highlight the reality of climate change.

tl;dr - Geologic forces spent millions of years sculpting a mountain, and then humans spent 100 years arguing about what it should be called.


Magnificent Antique Russian Enameled Gold Diamond Locket Necklace Made in St. Petersburg between 1908 and 1917 56 zolotniks gold (14K – 583), 88 zolotniks silver (916/1000), golden peach guilloche enamel, white opaque enamel, 6 Old European cut and 4 rose cut diamonds No maker’s mark, attributed to Carl Faberge. The interior is fitted with two glazed miniature picture frames. The back is stamped with 56 zolotniks assay mark with Greek small letter alpha ( α ) for St. Petersburg 1908-1917 (worn mark). The chain is also struck with 1908-1917 St Petersburg assay mark and 56 old Russian gold standard (14K – 583). Reverse of the front guilloche enameled plaque is struck with 88 silver standard mark under a translucent green enamel. The plaque is also scratched with inscription in Russian “персиковая” (peach).

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We found a lot of neat things while datamining the new /competitive folder found in the game’s materials/vgui directory. One of these things are the ranking badges from the main TF2 competitive matchmaking HUD.

The ranking badges appear to use 3-star tiers before upgrading to the next ranking. You start at wood, then move up to iron (or some equally as designated inferior metal that isn’t 3rd place metal), bronze, silver, and gold. The highest ranking badges are customized badges of zombie Blutarch and Redmond Mann, Saxton Hale, and the Administrator herself.  

We also found the medals from the “Games” section of the Season tab - which are standard bronze, silver and gold. They are awarded to various players at the end of a lobby, based on their stats on how well they’ve performed.

Magic Origins quick facts

Some quick Origins hits for you:

 - There are now 14,817 distinct Magic cards (excluding Planes, Schemes, Conspiracies, silver-bordered, and similar)

 - Standard is now 1,702 cards (the largest it’s been in six years); Modern is 9,185; Legacy is 14,756; and Vintage allows 14,805 cards.

 - Goblin Piledriver is famously being added to Modern, but is joined by fellow reprints Cruel Revival, Revenant, and Sylvan Messenger

 - After a 20-year reign, Dance of the Dead is finally unseated as the card with the longest Oracle text ‘word’ count (depending a little bit on what you count as a word, anyhow).  Nissa, Vastwood Seer is slightly longer by my reckoning.  But at least Nissa has the decency to use two sides for her text.

 - The five most common keywords are flying (1,333), enchant (798), trample (307), haste (210), and tied in fifth are first strike and equip (both 196).