Master of coin

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

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 as the first ever 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 Feast for Crows

After the death of Tywin Lannister, Queen Regent Cersei renames the office lord treasurer, a style used in the Free Cities.[3]

Quotes

“"The master of coin finds the money. The king and the Hand spend it." [4]

- - Littlefinger, to Ned Stark


“"We owe Lord Tywin some three million dragons at present, what matter another hundred thousand?" [4]

- - Littlefinger

References and Notes

  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  2. Three Maidens in the Tower (June 27, 2006) So Spake Martin
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV, p 194.