Coins are the currency of Terraria. They are used to purchase various kinds of items, ranging from consumables, blocks, tools and some weapons. They are also used as a cost to reforge weapons, armours and accessories. They despawn after 12 minutes.
Players can obtain coins by killing monsters or bosses, destroying pots, finding them in chests or selling items to NPCs. Sometimes, when a players breaks pots -- a Coin Portal can appear and drop several Gold Coins. Coin bags with copper, silver or gold coins inside can also be found randomly underground, and several are found in pyramids. With coins you can purchase items from the Vendors. A stack of up to 100 of any single type of coin takes up one inventory slot. However, there are reserved slots for coins, on the far right side of the inventory that may be used instead.
Coins come in four different types. They can be crafted by hand to and from other coin types without loss of value. It takes 100 coins to upgrade, and you get 100 coins of lesser value when one is "broken" or downgraded.
|Copper||- the basic denomination of Terraria currency|
|Silver||- worth 100 copper coins|
|Gold||- worth 100 silver coins (10,000 copper)|
|Platinum||- worth 100 gold coins (1,000,000 copper)|
Upon death (in Softcore Mode), half of all the stacks you have of coins in your inventory will be dropped (rounded up if the number is odd). For example, if you have 1 Gold coin in one stack, you will drop it, but if you have 12 coins you will drop 6. You will not drop any of your coins if you commit suicide with self-thrown explosives or die in PVP. However, in Expert Mode, you drop 75% of all your coins on death, and enemies can steal your coins and attempt to run off-screen with them. In Master Mode you will drop 100% of coins upon death and enemies can steal your coins and attempt to run off-screen with them.
Coins have their own storage slot but can also be stored in the normal inventory like anything else. Coins can be stored in a Chest, Safe, Piggy Bank, Barrel and any other form of storage. Coins placed in any stationary container will not be lost when you die. It is advisable to place all your coins in a Chest, Safe, Piggy Bank, or Barrel every time you return to your home or before fighting a boss to prevent a loss of coins.
As of version 1.3, coins stored in a Piggy Bank, a Floating Pig summoned using a Money Trough (which is the same inventory as the Piggy Bank), or the Safe can still be used in purchases and services as if the player were carrying a Debit Card of some sort. The balance appears to the lower-right of the inventory window. If the amount in these storage mediums exceeds 999p, 99g, 99s, 99c then the balance window shows these values, and will not adjust until the combined stored balance drops below those values.
You could formerly farm coins by linking active stone blocks to an electric current (e.g lever or 1 second timer) and placing any kind of chest with anything inside the chest and sell the chests to the Merchant for gold and silver coins. (no longer works in 1.2.4)
Money Making Tips
There are many ways to make money in Terraria, some of them easy to set up, with a lower profit, others, more difficult to set up with a much higher profit. Most ways consist of farming, or lava traps using statues. An easy pre-hardmode way to rapidly gain money is to sell your ores. Once you defeat the wall of flesh, copper, tin, iron, lead, silver, tungsten, gold and platinum won't be of nearly as much use. Selling them can yield hefty amounts of gold coins, but another way is to farm the Eater of Worlds and the Eye of Cthulhu for demonite. Say you fought the Eye of Cthulhu twice, it would yield somewhere around 30 bars of demonite or more. If you sold those 30 bars of demonite you'd get 9 gold coins and 60 silver coins. Farming these bosses is also very simple. For the Eater of Worlds, just spawn it while you're in a condensed room, then spam a spell like Water Bolt, as long as you keep your health up you'll defeat it in seconds. In Hardmode, you can practically kill it in 2 seconds if you have a good sword like the Terra Blade or The Horseman's Blade. For the Eye of Cthulhu one way of defeating it rapidly is to use the Magic Missile or the Book of Skulls to fire at it until you run out of mana, then while you're waiting to recharge use a flail like the Sunfury or Blue Moon to keep dealing damage while evading its attacks. Another way you can kill the EoC is spamming bullets with the Minishark or Megashark, or using a Adamantite Repeater with Cursed arrows. You can also sell your unneeded Life Crystals for 1 50 each. You can also invite the Tax Collector to earn small amounts of coins everyday. Another easy way to make money is to get weapons like Crystal Storm and Golden Shower in a Normal mode world and then create an expert mode world and farm the Treasure Bags from the pre-hardmode bosses like Brain of Cthulhu. They will yield around 15 each.
- On the Console Version of Terraria, after obtaining more than 100 platinum coins, they will convert into a Fallen Star. Those playing on the console version are advised to keep stacks of platinum at no higher than 99, and should take caution when quick-stacking coins into chests. It is uncertain if this is intentional or if this is a bug.
- If carrying a large number of high value coins without any space to make change (i.e. 99 gold in all four money slots and a full inventory), it will not be possible to commit certain transactions without freeing up slots for lesser coin denominations. An example of such a transaction is Reforging at the Goblin Tinkerer.
- Coins can also be used as ammunition for the Coin Gun, with copper, silver, gold, and platinum coins dealing 25, 50, 100, or 200 damage, respectively.
- Coins can now be placed in the furniture layer.
- Platinum coins now stack to 999.
- Added to the game.