Wealth appears in many forms in Tamriel. Coins, gemstones, trade goods, art objects, animals, and property can reflect your character’s financial well-being. Members of the peasantry trade in goods, bartering for what they need and paying taxes in grain and cheese.

Members of the nobility trade either in legal rights, such as the rights to a mine, a port, or farmland, or in gold bars, measuring gold by the pound rather than by the coin. Only merchants, adventurers, and those offering professional services for hire commonly deal in coins.


Instead of copper, silver, electrum, and gold coins the land of Tamriel deals only in Septims, which are sometimes called Drakes. When translating prices in gold pieces from 5e to Septims, 1 gold piece is equal to 4 Septims.

A standard coin weighs about a third of an ounce, so fifty coins weigh a pound.


The economy of Tamriel is based mainly on bartering. Although many merchants deal in coin, many will trade for goods and jewels. Larger cities may refuse to barter for goods and wish to deal strictly in Septims.


The main currency in Tamriel is the Septim. It is named that way from the Septim Empire that ruled Tamriel from the end of the Second Era until the end of the Third Era. It's called this due to the bust of Tiber Septim on the face of the coin. It is also sometimes referred to as Drakes, due to the seal of Akatosh on the back side.


Below are typical prices for services that might be offered by vendors, barkeeps, tavern owners, stablemasters, etc.


Lodging Cost Time
Squalid 2 day
Poor 5 day
Modest 10 day
Comfortable 25 day
Wealthy 50 day
Aristocratic 100 day
Hovel 150 week
Cabin 400 week
House 1500 week
Villa 5000 week


Service Septims
Cart 1 per mile
Rowboat 10 per mile
Ship 40 per mile


Service Septims
Sell Sword 10 per day
Fighter's Guild 15 per day
Messenger 1 per mile

Food and Drink

Food Septims
Sweet Roll 1
Bread 2
Butter 1
Leg of Goat 3
Venison Stew 8
Mudcrab Legs 9
Goat Cheese 8
Eidar Cheese 10
Drink Septims
Ale 5
Spiced Wine 7
Alto Wine 12
Colovian Brandy 100