Gansu Peanut and Groove Sycee

Stephen Tai
Mar.25, 2000

Inscription: Gansu - Province
Smith Lin Gi Tai

Weight: 160 g (4.5 taels)

Inscription: Ning Jou - District in the Gansu Province

Weight: 73 g (2 taels)
  • Gansu Province situated at the center of great China, was the East End of the ancient Silk-road.
  • In Ching Dynasty, sycee cast and circulated in Gansu are very hard to find now, due to its little population and low economic activities.
  • 2 different types of sycee are known as the local patterns of Gansu, i.e., Groove Silver and Peanut Silver as shown in No.1, No.2, respectively.
  • Apparently, Gansu Groove was influenced by the Shaanxi pattern (No.3), the Groove Silvers cast in these 2 adjacent provinces are basically the same, and their weight standards were both in the range of 4-6 taels. Except that Gansu Groove is looked cruder.
  • Compared to Groove, Gansu Peanut is a pattern characterized more by the locality, it is looked like a peanut and was cast in 2 taels normally. But, as matter of fact, Gansu Peanut was resembled Honan Waist (No.4), a sycee pattern adopted mainly in Honan, a place not close to Gansu, and each weighed around 5 taels. Therefore, Gansu natives named their derivatives as Small Waists. This intriguing co-instance might have something to do with many Honan immigrants in Gansu.

Honan Waist

Shaanxi Groove

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