Regarding an item discussed in recent issues, Author Joe Cribb writes:
The object illustrated and discussed is a Chinese silver ingot (sycee), but the stamps on it are fake. I listed over 40 such fakes (many
published by Mitchiner) in my catalogue (pp. 305–310) where a genuine ingot has been given added value by the addition of date and place stamps.
This ingot shape came from Sichuan Province and normally weighs c. 360g (10 liang) or c. 180g (5 liang). This is most likely an unstamped genuine
piece to which fake stamps have been added, but I cannot rule out the possibility that the ingot is as fake as the stamps.
Joe included the cover image and a sample page from his book. Thank you! -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: JULY 1, 2018 : Chinese White Metal Trade Token
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 8, 2018 : Chinese Sycee Bullion Pieces
Wayne Homren, Editor
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