fine uncoined silver in lumps of various sizes usually bearing a banker's or assayer's stamp or mark, formerly used in China as a medium of exchange.
- Also called sycee silver.
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How to use sycee in a sentence
The silver used in these exchanges is called sycee silver, and is apparently of any shape or size.
The current coin is lumps of Chinese sycee silver of two pounds' weight each.Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India | W. S. R. Hodson
Upon the bodies of many of the slain, pieces of sycee silver were found, as had been the case at Ningpo, a few days before.Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis from 1840 to 1843 | William Hutcheon Hall
Memorials were presented to the Emperor on the subject, and the export of sycee was prohibited.The Truth about Opium | William H. Brereton
It would be possible to change them for copper cash or sycee silver, but that would involve delay and perhaps trouble.The Siberian Overland Route from Peking to Petersburg, | Alexander Michie
British Dictionary definitions for sycee
silver ingots formerly used as a medium of exchange in China
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