Manchurian Big-Winged 50-Tael Boat Sycee

Stephen Tai
Dec, 12, 1999
  • Jiang Gao Ming Smith Gao Ming
  • - The 31st year of the Kuang Hsu Reign
  • Geng Wu 1930
  • Kuan Cheng Chang Chun City
  • Tong Shun Cheng Name of Silver shop
Dimensions: 135(L) x 68(W) x 97 (H)
Weight: 1910 g (53 taels)
  • North East regions of China were the places the Manchurian rulers of Ching Dynasty resided, and were deliberately quarantined from immigration and settlement of people by the government since the rise of the Dynasty. It was not until the 8th year of Hsien Feng (1858, reigh period 1851-1861) when the Sino-British Tienjin Treaty was signed, and thereafter, The Supplement of the Sino-British Tienjin Treaty in the 10th year of Hsien Feng (1860), The Sino-American Treaty in the 29th year of Kuang Hsu (1903, period 1875-1908), The Sino-Japanese Treaty in the 31st year of Kuang Hsu (1905). Since then, treaty ports and maritime customs were forced to open one after another.
  • Owing to such changes, former Imperial order of the quarantine was abolished. In the 33rd year of Kuang Hsu (1907), the Central Government further decided to divide the Manchurian Territory into 3 provinces, i.e., Feng Tien, Ji-Lin, and Hei Lung Jiang. More people started to immigrate into these 3 great, remote and new provinces, commercial and economic environments there, thus, were formed. A new sycee currency standard was also generating.
  • Big Winged Boat as shown exemplifies the standard sycee widely circulated in the new Manchurian provinces. Its characteristics can be easily recognized; that is its surface is apparently leaned to one of the wings (ends), which makes the other wing looked longer and larger.
  • The shown specimen, according to the inscription of casting place and date, was cast in Kuang Cheng (Chang Chun, Ji-Lin Province), in the 31st year of Kuang Hsu (1905), to the right of this inscription, a small chop of Gan Wu further indicates that this specimen was re-circulated in the year of 1930.

Silver Sycee