An Exchequer handles the finances of a branch of the SCA. Every branch must have an exchequer, from the Kingdom down to each canton and shire. As an officer, the Exchequer must be a paid member.
The Exchequer was named after a table used to perform calculations for taxes and goods in the medieval period. The table was large (10 feet by 5 feet) with a raised edge or “lip” on all sides of about the height of four fingers to ensure that nothing fell off it, upon which counters were placed representing various values. The name Exchequer referred to the resemblance of the table to a chess board (French: échiquier) as it was covered by a black cloth bearing green stripes of about the breadth of a human hand, in a chequer-pattern. The spaces represented pounds, shillings and pence.
The Exchequer was responsible for revenue collection, managing debt, and, in some areas, for administrative and legal proceedings related to taxation.