books

50. The use of silver ingots in Ming dynasty tax payment

LI Xiaoping 李晓萍 , of the Zhejiang Provincial Museum 浙江省博物馆, has authored several books on silver currency, and edited Academic Conference Proceedings of Gold and Silver Currency and Social Life. (She publishes under two different names, which look the same in the romanised form – LI Xiaoping – but have different characters for Xiao:  李晓萍 and 李小萍)  (more…)

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41. Chinese guides for identifying silver dollars and other coins, 19th century

There are two Chinese guides – merchant manuals or shroff’s guides – in the Department of Coins and Medals, at The British Museum (nos 4 and 8 below). Several similar guides are known, and I’m grateful to Richard von Glahn and Byron Hamann for sharing their expertise and knowledge on this subject. I’ll give a very brief introduction below, and then share ten of these guides. If you know of others, or of research on these guides, please leave a comment. (more…)

37. Coins and charms in the “Jin shi suo”, by Feng Yunpeng and Feng Yunyuan

Two small volumes have recently been acquired by the library of the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum. The titles are missing from the front covers, but they can be identified as two volumes that together make up the Coins section of the Jin shi suo (Metals part 4). (more…)

36. Seaborne Trade in the East Indies and the Far East during XVIIth-XIXth Centuries

Le Commerce maritime aux Indes orientales et en Extrême-Orient aux XVIIe-XIXe siècles: Aspects monétaires et numismatiques [Seaborne Trade in the East Indies and the Far East during XVIIth-XIXth Centuries: Monetary and numismatic points of view] has just arrived! It contains papers presented at the conference of the same name, the second conference organised by the Société de Numismatique Asiatique, which took place in Versailles, in December 2016, with the support of Spink.  (more…)