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  1. Sycee(noun)

    silver, pounded into ingots of the shape of a shoe, and used as currency. The most common weight is about one pound troy

  2. Origin: [Said to be from a Chinese word, se-tze or se-sze, meaning, fine silk, and to be so called because if pure it may be drawn out into fine threads.]


  1. Sycee

    A sycee was a type of silver or gold ingot currency used in China until the 20th century. The name derives from the Cantonese words meaning "fine silk". In North China, the word yuanbao, was used for similar ingots. This word is attested in the 19th-century English-language literature on Xinjiang and the trade between Xinjiang and British India as yamboo or yambu. Sycees were not denominated or made by a central mint and their value, like the value of the various silver coins and little pieces of silver in circulation at the end of the Qing dynasty, was determined by experienced moneyhandlers known as "shroffs," who estimated the appropriate discount based on the purity of the silver and evaluated the weight in taels and the progressive decimal subdivisions of the tael. When currency was normalized in Republican times, the old usage of denominating value by equivalent standard weight of silver survived in Cantonese slang in the common term for a ten-cent and a five-cent piece. Sycee were made by individual silversmiths for local exchange; consequently, the shape and amount of extra detail on each ingot were highly variable. Square and oval shapes were common, but "boat", flower, tortoise and others are known. Sycee can also refer to gold ingots minted in similar shapes.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sycee in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sycee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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