200 Cash Suzhou, Kiangsu

200 Cash (Suzhou, Kiangsu) -  obverse200 Cash (Suzhou, Kiangsu) -  reverse

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Features

Location Republic of China
Type Trade tokens › Local administration token
Year 1928
Value 200 Cash
Currency Bamboo Tally
Composition Wood (bamboo)
Weight 3.6 g
Size 91 mm
Thickness 5 mm
Shape Rectangular (irregular)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 134237
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)

Obverse

Name of the bank (Guang Shan Bank), and serial number. Date at top.

Lettering:
戊辰
光山庄

Translation:
1928
Guang Shan Bank

Reverse

Value of the token (200 wen). "Shing hou" at bottom means "company mark" or "warranty", guaranteeing the value of the tally.

Lettering:
文十串錢貳百文
信号

Translation:
Value 200 cash equals 20 ten cash coins.
"Company mark"

Edge

Characters painted for address and directions to the bank.

Lettering: 阊门内里水关桥东下塘大街沈祥泰制

Translation: Inside the Chang gate, east of the Li Sui Shi bridge, Sha Tang Blvd, made by Shen Chang Tai.

200 Cash (Suzhou, Kiangsu) -  obverse

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Comments

Bamboo tallies were issued by banks and redeemable for cash coins.  The tallies were created by skilled craftsmen and carried serial numbers, making forgery difficult, and their light weight made them attractive for merchants and others who needed to carry large amounts of money, as cash coins became very heavy in quantity.  Their function was extremely similar to paper banknotes.

An incentive for banks to issue them was that they were explicitly payable in ten-cash coins rather than one-cash coins; a single ten-cash contained less metal than 10 one-cash, hence the bank was able to make a profit in terms of metal weight.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1928 

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