The double-luck sycee (allow me to interpret it as double-happiness
sycee), it is a genuine sycee in a very good shape, Mr.Jim Farr must be very
happy to find it.
The good-luck sycee, including the above one, can be found in today,
mostly were cast in late Ching period, or early Ming Kuo period, but no
later than 1933. These sycee were mainly cast as gifts for the following
Good-luck sycee, in most case, were in one and two taels (1 tale is
about 36-38g, which depends on the scale then used), such sycee in other
weights, heavier or lighter, may also be found, but respectively few.
- Weddings: inscriptions as Xi, in single: Happiness, in pair:
Double-happiness. Any Chinese prefer to have the latter one, which
implies that the good things will not only come in odd or single.
- Birthdays: Inscriptions as Shou (Longevity) or
Fu (Luck) ... and so on.
- Promotions: Inscriptions as Lu (Promotion),
Xi may as well ... and so on.
- Lunar New Years: Xi, Fu, Lu ... and so forth.
- And, Other Joyful or Celebrating Events.
The following images are coming from my collections, the sycee
inscribed with Fu (Luck), weighed 36.8g, sized 31(L) x 16(W) x 18(H)mm,
which you may also take as a reference.