Inscription: Wan Nien County, The 10th month, the
25th year of Kuang Hsu period (1899, 1875-1908). Weighed 50
tael. [Cast by] Silversmith Nie Hung. Dimension: 84 (L) x 72 (W) x 61 (H) mm Weight: 1872 g (50 taels)
Most Chinese sycee in 50 taels were made for taxation, huge
transactions, and remittance business and other occasions which required for
silver payments made in a larger unit. And most of the 50-tael sycee were
made in Yuan Bao (boat or shoe) shape, however, Jiangsi square sycee was an
exception, they are square or rectangular. Chinese used to call it Fang
means the square treasure.
Apart from the shape, the regional characteristics of Jiangsi square
sycee also included the way how it was inscribed. Each character of the
inscription was stamped on with a single chop. Take the shown one for
instance, there are 17 Chinese characters on it, the silversmith had used 17
different chops for the inscriptions. It is not like Yuan Bao, where only few
chops were used, each chop consisted of many characters. It had saved
silversmiths a lot of effort in dealing with inscriptions.
Jiangsi square sycee is obviously fewer than Yuang Bao sycee, the
coin markets also have already reflected such a fact onto the prices of the
two 50-tael sycee.