, Saddle sycee under the category of Official Public Assayer experienced 6 stages of the development throughout the 8-year period; each stage is distinguished by the format of the assayer stamps that the Saddle sycee carries with, the vast majority of the Official Public Assayer Saddle sycees (common ones) found today are early specimens (1th to 3rd period) made between 1904 and 1907. Starting from the 33th year of Kuang Hsu (1907) the Official Public Assayer Saddle sycee entered into a declining stage followed by a government plan for the establishment of a modern mint in Yunnan for producing machine struck coins, which would then become the new standard currency to substitute the traditional sycee ingots. The item shown above is a specimen of the 4th period which is also the rarest of all 6 types, less than 10 pieces are known to exist. The 4th Period examples may look similar to those of the 5th Period, both types carry two vertical assay stamps, each stamp with one individual assayers last name positioned under the official assayer title followed by the character. (Check), however the major difference between the two types is how the format of the assay chop varies./ Official Public Assayer (last name) Check. Is what sets the 4th period examples apart from the 5th. Period ones, also the two types can be further distinguished from one another by the makers' names.
This variety is discussed in depth in the aforementioned reference book, some reading is recommended to fully understand the historical context. Sometimes it takes a lot of experience to realize just how rare something like this truly is.
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The item "Yunnan Official Public Assayer Saddle Sycee (4th period) Extremely Rare" is in sale since Monday, July 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Asia\China\Empire (up to 1948)". The seller is "songfy228" and is located in Canning Vale, WA. This item can be shipped worldwide.