A New Study On Saddle Sycee. (2011 edition), Saddle sycee under the category of Official Public Assayer experienced 6 stages of the development throughout this 8-year period; each stage can be distinguished by the format of the assayer stamps that the Saddle sycee carries with, the vast majority of the Official Public Assayer Saddle sycees 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. All 1th - 3rd period types are common (thousands exist) and together they take up over 90% of the population, 4th - 6th period types are rare. The present piece is a 4th period specimen which is also the rarest of all 6 types, less than 10 pieces have been found. The 4th Period examples may look similar to those of the 5th Period, both types carry two vertical assayer stamps, each stamp with one individual assayer's last name positioned under the official assayer title??? (Check), however the key difference lies between the writing format of the assayer chops between the two. / Official Public Assayer (last name) Check. Is what sets the 4th period specimens apart from the 5th. Period ones (also the two types can be further distinguished from one another by the makers' names). This particular type is discussed in depth in the aforementioned reference book, further reading is recommended to fully understand the historical context for each type. Sometimes, it takes a lot of experience to realize just how rare something like this truly is. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Excellent overall condition with attractive toning and clear inscriptions on all stamps. An exceedingly rare specimen for advanced collectors. All my items are Life-Time Genuine Guaranteed. If you have questions in regard to sycee of any kind, feel free to let me know. Direct Bank Deposit is accepted for Australian buyers. Extra post coverage is available upon request. Get images that make Supersized seem small.
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