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[[File:Petyr 1x07.jpg|right|thumb|Lord Petyr Baelish, Master of Coin for many years under King Robert Baratheon]]
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{{Quote|They are only numbers. Numbers on paper; once you understand that... it's easy to make them behave.|Petyr Baelish|Walk of Punishment}}
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{{Quote|The Master of Coin finds the money, the king - and the [[Hand of the King|Hand]] - spend it.|[[Petyr Baelish|Petyr "Littlefinger" Bealish]]|Lord Snow}}
'''Master of Coin''' is a title in ''Game of Thrones''. The holder is a member of the [[small council]] of the [[King of the Andals and the First Men|monarchy]] of the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. In the first season this position is held by Lord [[Petyr Baelish]] under [[King Robert Baratheon]]. Baelish remains in the role when [[King Joffrey Baratheon]] inherits the throne.
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'''Master of Coin''' is an important position in the government of the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. The holder is a member of the [[King of the Andals and the First Men|monarch]]'s [[small council]], the inner cabinet of the realm. The Master of Coin is in charge of the royal treasury, advises the monarch on financial matters, and is responsible for raising [[Currency|money]] to meet the Crown's needs.
   
When [[Tywin Lannister]], now [[Hand of the King]], sends Lord Baelish to [[the Eyrie]] with a marriage proposal for [[Lysa Arryn]], he chooses his own son, [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] as the new Master of Coin.
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At the start of the TV series, Lord [[Petyr Baelish]] is Master of Coin under King [[Robert Baratheon]]. Baelish remains in the role when [[Joffrey Baratheon|King Joffrey]] inherits the throne. As Master of Coin, Baelish is regarded as a financial magician, always able to conjure up gold to meet the Crown's demands.<ref name="S3E3">"[[Walk of Punishment]]"</ref>
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When Baelish leaves for [[the Eyrie]] with a marriage proposal for [[Lysa Arryn]], [[Tywin Lannister]], now [[Hand of the King]], appoints his son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] as the new Master of Coin. Tyrion discovers that his predecessor's financial wizardry actually amounted to borrowing large sums of money from the [[Iron Bank of Braavos]], leaving the [[Iron Throne]] heavily in debt.<ref name="S3E3"/>The post has been vacant since Tyrion's arrest and conviction for the [[Purple Wedding|murder]] of Joffrey.
   
 
==Known Masters of Coin==
 
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==In the books==
 
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Petyr Baelish was appointed Master of Coin by Hand of the King [[Jon Arryn]], about seven years before the beginning of the narrative. Originally, Jon's wife [[Lysa Arryn|Lysa]] had convinced her husband to make Baelish the chief customs officer at the port of [[Gulltown]] in [[The Vale of Arryn|the Vale]]. Baelish excelled at the position, increasing revenue tenfold, so ten years ago Lord Arryn brought him to King's Landing and gave him a minor position in the royal customs office. Baelish increased gross revenues tenfold, and demonstrated such great skill that Arryn rapidly advanced him through a series of promotions, so that within three years he was named Master of Coin for the entire realm. Robert's reign lasted fifteen years in the books (expanded to seventeen in the TV series), and Littlefinger was only Master of Coin for the last seven years, but it is unstated which person (or persons) may have held the office in the early years of King Robert's reign. Thus Baelish is not a holdover from the previous Targaryen Small Council, in contrast to Pycelle and Varys, who formerly served under the Mad King.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Petyr Baelish was appointed Master of Coin by Hand of the King [[Jon Arryn]], around seven years before the beginning of the narrative. Originally, Jon's wife [[Lysa Arryn|Lysa]] had convinced her husband to make Baelish the chief customs officer at the port of [[Gulltown]] in [[The Vale of Arryn|the Vale]]. Baelish excelled at the position, increasing revenue tenfold, so ten years ago Lord Arryn brought him to King's Landing and gave him a minor position in the royal customs office. Baelish increased gross revenues tenfold, and demonstrated such great skill that Arryn rapidly advanced him through a series of promotions, so that within three years he was named Master of Coin for the entire realm. Robert's reign lasted fifteen years in the books (expanded to seventeen in the TV series), and Littlefinger was only Master of Coin for the last seven years, but it is unstated which person (or persons) may have held the position in the early years of King Robert's reign. Thus Baelish is not a holdover from the previous Targaryen Small Council, in contrast to [[Pycelle]] and [[Varys]], who formerly served under the Mad King.
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Latest revision as of 13:09, July 3, 2014

Petyr 1x07

Lord Petyr Baelish, Master of Coin for many years under King Robert Baratheon.

"The Master of Coin finds the money, the king - and the Hand - spend it."
Petyr "Littlefinger" Bealish[src]

Master of Coin is an important position in the government of the Seven Kingdoms. The holder is a member of the monarch's small council, the inner cabinet of the realm. The Master of Coin is in charge of the royal treasury, advises the monarch on financial matters, and is responsible for raising money to meet the Crown's needs.

At the start of the TV series, Lord Petyr Baelish is Master of Coin under King Robert Baratheon. Baelish remains in the role when King Joffrey inherits the throne. As Master of Coin, Baelish is regarded as a financial magician, always able to conjure up gold to meet the Crown's demands.[1]

When Baelish leaves for the Eyrie with a marriage proposal for Lysa Arryn, Tywin Lannister, now Hand of the King, appoints his son Tyrion as the new Master of Coin. Tyrion discovers that his predecessor's financial wizardry actually amounted to borrowing large sums of money from the Iron Bank of Braavos, leaving the Iron Throne heavily in debt.[1]The post has been vacant since Tyrion's arrest and conviction for the murder of Joffrey.

Known Masters of CoinEdit

  • Lord Petyr Baelish, called "Littlefinger", Master of Coin under Robert I and Joffrey I. Left the position to offer a marriage alliance to Lady Lysa Arryn of the Vale.
  • Tyrion Lannister, called "the Imp" and "Halfman", replacing Lord Baelish.

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Petyr Baelish was appointed Master of Coin by Hand of the King Jon Arryn, around seven years before the beginning of the narrative. Originally, Jon's wife Lysa had convinced her husband to make Baelish the chief customs officer at the port of Gulltown in the Vale. Baelish excelled at the position, increasing revenue tenfold, so ten years ago Lord Arryn brought him to King's Landing and gave him a minor position in the royal customs office. Baelish increased gross revenues tenfold, and demonstrated such great skill that Arryn rapidly advanced him through a series of promotions, so that within three years he was named Master of Coin for the entire realm. Robert's reign lasted fifteen years in the books (expanded to seventeen in the TV series), and Littlefinger was only Master of Coin for the last seven years, but it is unstated which person (or persons) may have held the position in the early years of King Robert's reign. Thus Baelish is not a holdover from the previous Targaryen Small Council, in contrast to Pycelle and Varys, who formerly served under the Mad King.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Walk of Punishment"


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