silver

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…)

33. Marco Polo Studies and Yuan dynasty money

There was a very interesting conference in Tübingen this week: Marco Polo Studies: Past, Present, Future (I’ve copied and pasted the programme below). It was an intense, and friendly, workshop, bringing together expertise from different fields. I’m not an expert in this period, and felt very honoured to be invited, and to have the chance to learn from specialists from Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy and the USA. I gave a powerpoint presentation packed with images, aiming to illustrate representative pieces and introduce some recent work. I mentioned, for example: (more…)

32. Academic Conference Proceedings of Gold and Silver Currency and Social Life

This volume of papers by some of the leading numismatists in China was published in time for the Academic Conference of Gold and Silver Currency and Social Life, that took place in Hangzhou on 14 June 2017. It was organised by the Zhejiang Provincial Museum (浙江省博物馆) and the China Numismatic Society’s Special Committee on Gold and Silver Money (中国钱币学会金银货币专业委员会). The editor-in-chief of the volume is Li Xiaoping 李小萍, of the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, who is well-known in China for her expertise in gold and silver ingots and coins. (more…)