Chinese Money

An image of a blue carboard lid propped up. In front there is a silver nub and a silver boat.
Money from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: China 
Year: ca. 1897 
Materials: Silver and paper  

The Harris’ 1897 world tour took them to east China where they purchased this souvenir, a model of a Qin Dynasty sycee. Sycee’s were used for monetary exchange and were made by gold or silversmiths, meaning that they are unique. The most common shapes are squares or ovals, but boat shapes one, like this artifact, were also common. The Harris sycee also has more silver pieces including a small ball coin that sits inside the sycee. The case for the money is a small paper one with a painted nature scene.