The Handful of Coins regrouped the Zhentil Keep's merchants not affiliated with the Zhentarim. They were an informal mutual assistance group, with the objective of protect their members from abuse by the lords and/or the Zhentarim. They also protect themselves from the magistrate and tried to improve foreign trade in the Keep. Their true power however derived from the sponsorship by some Beholder that protect secretly the Coins from the Zhent's assault. The beholder helped them behind the scenes in order to balance the Zhent's power, also involving anti-zhent group like Knights of the North.
The Handful of Coins disbanded after the 1368 DR invasion by the Cyric monstrous army with many of their members dead or fled the city. They reformed some time after and pledged their loyalty to Lord Orgauth. In 1373 DR the Handful still existed but run a black market.
- ↑ Kevin Melka and John Terra (April 1995). Ruins of Zhentil Keep (Campaign Book). (TSR, Inc), p. 59. ISBN 0-7869-0109-8.
- ↑ Kevin Melka and John Terra (April 1995). Ruins of Zhentil Keep (Campaign Book). (TSR, Inc), p. 80. ISBN 0-7869-0109-8.
- ↑ Thomas M. Reid, Sean K. Reynolds, Darrin Drader, Wil Upchurch (June 2006). Mysteries of the Moonsea. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-3915-X.