The Shown silver, inscribed with Loong Jiu Tsai Li Jin Ju, means the
Added Tax Bureau in Loong Jiu Tsai' (located in Shensi Province). 44x34mm.
158g (4 taels).
Li Jin, formerly, was a kind of temporary local duty initiated by a few
local governments in Jiangsu Province, in the 3rd year of Hsien Feng (1853,
1851-1861 AD), during the period of Tai Ping Tien Kuo rebellion wars, with a
view to seek for financial aids as war fund, by charging on goods passed
through in-land local customs and/or their branch offices, for 1% from
values of the goods . Li, in Chinese, also has its meaning for 'one
percent'. Before long it had been adopted by other provinces throughout
China, and become a regular tax of the Empire. Even though the wars were
ended, the tax still had been enforced, until the Republican Government
abolished it, late in 1931.
The shown silver, are such kind of value added tax collected in
during the late Ching period, and was cast into the typical oval sycee used
in the province, named as Chaoding or Chaoyin.