Master of coin

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Littlefinger acts as the Master of Coin.
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King Robert's Debt. © Fantasy Flight Games

The master of coin is the chief financial adviser of the king and is a member of the small council in King's Landing.

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Duties

Duties of the master of coin include keeping account of the receipts and expenditures from the royal treasury, receiving reports from royal officials, supervising the collection of taxes and custom duties, borrowing money, managing the royal treasury and supervising the three royal mints. The master of coin oversees a large number of offices including the four Keepers of the Keys, the King's Counter, the King's Scales, the officers in charge of mints, harbormasters, tax farmers, customs sergeants, wool factors, toll collectors, pursers and wine factors.[1]

History

During the War of Conquest Crispian Celtigar served Aegon I Targaryen as the first master of coin. Nearly two centuries later, even though Elaena Targaryen's husband sat on the king's small council as master of coin, it was widely known that she was the one performing the duties.[2]

List of Known Masters of Coin

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Petyr Baelish continues to serve as master of coin, as he has done for several years. He must pay for the extravagance of Robert Baratheon's court, often by borrowing from Lord Tywin Lannister.

A Clash of Kings

Baelish is sent to recruit House Tyrell to support King Joffrey.

A Storm of Swords

When Baelish goes to the Eyrie to court Lysa Arryn, Tyrion Lannister is named as his replacement, charged with funding the royal wedding. After Tyrion is imprisoned for the death of Joffrey, Lord Tywin calls for Garth Tyrell to fill the post.

A Feast for Crows

After the death of Tywin Lannister, Queen Regent Cersei renames the office lord treasurer, a style used in the Free Cities,[5], as well as in Sunspear.[6] When she hears Garth Tyrell will soon fill the seat, she appoints Lord Gyles Rosby to take the seat. When Lord Rosby dies, Harys Swyft is his replacement.

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Harys's main concern is the massive debt owed by the crown to the Iron Bank of Braavos.

The Winds of Winter

Harys Swyft has traveled to Braavos to treat with the Iron Bank in person.

Quotes

The master of coin finds the money. The king and the Hand spend it.[7]
- Petyr Baelish, to Eddard Stark


The master of coin must be frugal.[8]
- Varys, to Eddard Stark


We owe Lord Tywin some three million dragons at present, what matter another hundred thousand?[7]
- Petyr Baelish

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