- Among the most common of these rare items are coyns, small disks of metal engraved with various symbols.
- They typically come in sets, although varying types and numbers of coyns within the sets, are common, there is a rough consensus of what a typical set looked like.
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Their specific purpose is unknown.
- It may be that the objects served as money, jewelry, psionic focuses, or for some other unknown purpose.
Common Droyne Coyns
Original coyns have been found in various precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, iridium, monadium, and even uranium. Sets range in size from six to thirty-eight pieces and are considered desirable to museums throughout the Imperium. Each coyn has a scrap value of Cr400 (if gold); to a museum, the value is closer to Cr4000.
Copies of sets of coyns are often made of aluminum, lead, or zinc, and are more frequently encountered from unscrupulous merchants or traders. Such fake coyns have a value of about Cr20 each.
Ancients/ Droyne Connections?
In addition to the Ancients-derived coyn sets, sets are associated with Droyne communities (called koynisin), and have been so for at least 75,000 years. These more modern coyn sets are used in numerous Droyne ceremonies.
- Sophontologists have found similarities between the symbols on the Ancients-derived coyns, the older Droyne coyns, and the modern coyns used by oytripin. The symbols on the coyns have changed over time, both when representing the same concept, and when symbols have been added or removed.
- The modern coyn set contains thirty-six different symbols, the Ancients are assumed to have had thirty-eight, and the old sets have some intermediate number between thirty and forty-two.