"Bai Yin" (White Silver) Used in Land Transactions
of Ming Dynasty

Stephen Tai
Feb.02, 1998

The shown document, is a contract made in the 10th year of Hong-Tse period (1498, 1488-1505 A.D.) of Ming Dynasty(1368-1644), regarding a transaction of land between two inhabitants lived in the neighborhood of Huei-Juo Prefecture, a southern area in An-huei Province. In such a transaction, the buyer had acquired ownership of land in about 0.6 Chinese acre, by paying 7 maces and 5 candarins (0.75 tales) of Bai Yin ('White silver').
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