Gold is the standard currency of Tamriel. Although officially the coins are called Septims, gold is the name used in your inventory and many other places. Gold is also a metal that can be mined, smelted, and forged into jewelry. Gold ore and ingots cannot be directly minted to convert them into currency, however, many merchants (Blacksmiths, Jewelers, and General Goods merchants) will buy them from you.
|Gold||0000000f||0||1||An individual coin.|
|Coin Purse||000d790c||0||0||A small coin purse. Picking one up gives you 6-23 gold.|
|Coin Purse||000d8e7f||0||0||A medium-sized coin purse. Picking one up gives you 12-37 gold.|
|Coin Purse||000d8e80||0||0||A large coin purse. Picking one up gives you 23-56 gold.|
|Pile of Gold DB||xx018486
|A pile of coins. Activating one gives you 80-120 gold.
 Mining Overview
- 3 Gold Ores are obtained by mining Gold Ore Veins. They cannot be purchased.
- 1 Gold Ingot is obtained by smelting 2 Gold Ores. They cannot be purchased.
- Gold Smithing to create jewelry is possible from the start of the game, without unlocking any Smithing perks.
 Mineral Sources
In addition to the following guaranteed sources, the best random locations are:
- Gold Ore may be randomly found in Falmer loot starting at level 10.
There are a total of 78 veins, 23 ores, and 48 ingots at guaranteed locations. Many individual veins are scattered outside across Tamriel. Only notable locations are included in the following list, in particular places where multiple veins are located near each other and interior areas containing veins. The Gold Veins category contains a more complete list of places containing single veins, and all exterior ore veins are shown on .
 Gold Smithing
|Name (ID)||Raw Materials||Delta||Ratio|
|Gold Ring (×2)
|Gold Sapphire Ring
|Gold Emerald Ring
|Gold Diamond Ring
|Gold Jeweled Necklace
|0.5||485||0||1||Flawless Amethyst ×2||-0.7||25||0.42||1.05|
|Gold Ruby Necklace
|Gold Diamond Necklace
- Septims can't be dropped. However, they can be stored in containers.
- 1 Gold Ore is needed for the quest Ringmaker.
- Gold Ore can be sold to Pavo Attius for the quest Mine Ore.
- 1 Gold Ingot is needed at Workbenches to improve Konahrik.
- Ore veins (all types) sometimes do not respawn normally. See Mining (Bugs) and elsewhere on that article and its talk page.