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Subject:Markings on Sycee Boat
Posted By: James Grady Tue, Dec 25, 2018 IP:

hello can someone tell me what these symbols say. this is a 4lb 2oz Sycee Boat. Thank you


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Subject:Re: Markings on Sycee Boat
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Dec 28, 2018

發  - Fa (Issue)
太谷元寶 - Taigu Yuanbao
(Taigu is a county in Jinzhong, Shanxi - Yuanbao is the name of shoe-shaped silver ingots)
東昌造 - Dongchang-zao
(Dongchang made, Dongchang was most likely a name of a bank.
以欽定 - Yiqinding (Made by Imperial Order)

With regards,

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.

Good luck,

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