Subject:Re: Markings on Sycee Boat
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Dec 29, 2018
The markings shown in the bottom photo include two circular impressions, each with a large character Fa (發), meaning "Issued". The larger middle impression among three in the center grouping says 'Silver Ingot of Taigu" (太谷元寶 - Tai-gu Yuan Bao), while the impression to its right says "Dongchang Road (東昌道 - Dong-chang Dao). I'm not quite certain what the characters in the other impression on the left say. I would add that "Silver Ingot" is a standard meaning for "Yuanbao/元寶" and used here in context. However, it doesn't imply that I think your ingot contains any silver. Caveat emptor!
Taigu is a county in the prefectural-level city of Jinzhong in China's Shanxi Province. I gather from some of the stuff I encountered online that it was once an important financial center, but being a porcelain collector, I'm about as dumb as dirt when it comes to old or new Chinese money. Hopefully someone in the forum does know something about these matters.