The shown gold piece, sized 69x38mm, weighted 12g, inscribed with: Se Ju Chi
Jing Yeh ('100% pure gold leaf'), Jing Ser Pai ('The Lion Trade
Mark'), should be existed in a year no later than 1949.
In Chinese long currency history, actually, gold has never been
treated as currency by people, yet, a treasury saved for rainy days, except
for certain special occasions such as in the case of war, economic
depression, monetary depreciation, it would be occasionally chosen as
exchange media. However, when the situation being recovered, gold, right at
once, retires from the circulation and remains as treasury.
During the Civil War between the Republicans and the Communists after
World War II all legal tenders in this country were malfunctioned. In a very short
time, their worth were not even more than 1/10,000,000 of their par values,
old silver coins, gold bars and leafs, at the time, were called upon by the
people, to be served as trading media temporarily. After the Communists had
won the war in 1949, those precious metal soon disappeared from the markets.