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A copper is a form of currency in Alagaësia. It is used much less than the crown, yet is still sometimes used. A man in the Varden named Gamble was caught in stealing, killing and eating thirteen chickens and was fined for it by having to pay a copper for every chicken he stole. The farmer from whom the chickens had been stolen protested that the price was too low but was forced to accept Lady Nasuada's judgement.
A copper is presumably of rather lesser value than a crown, which has been suggested to be in gold. When Roran and the other villagers of Carvahall were searching for a ship that could take them to Teirm, Horst tossed a dockworker a copper to ensure his silence. Thus, the copper is used as currency both in the Empire and within the territories of Surda.