The tael is not a coin, but a certain weight of silver, and therefore its value fluctuates with the value of silver.
They beat the old man, threw him into the water, and robbed him of a tael of gold.
But one meets persistently the word “tael” in their estimate of the value of things.
He said also that at Ichang it was very shocking how few cash they gave for the tael.
The tael is worth 10 mace, or 100 candareens; and is of the value of about six shillings, according to present computation.
The value of the Haikwan tael, or customs tael, is about 4s.
You wantchee catch one piecee small baby, can catchee two, three tael.
If Kin were used for dollar, or tael, which is very probable, the sum is enormous.
Its value in Manilla varies, according to quality, at from twenty dollars a tael down to fourteen for the inferior sorts.
Both the dollar and the tael are in use in Shanghai, the former worth from 40 to 50 cents and the tael about 65 cents.