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Chinese Empire, Qing Dynasty, Tally Stick worth 50 Cent

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Chinese Empire, Qing Dynasty, Tally Stick worth 50 Cent (obverse) Chinese Empire, Qing Dynasty, Tally Stick worth 50 Cent (reverse)

Tally sticks are in occasional use in China until this day. It is money that complements the regular currency a form of supplementary cash thus. Some tally sticks are used by merchants as money and therefore indicate a value, such as 5 cents or 1000 cash. Others are good for a certain service, a cup of tea, a haircut, a meal and so forth. The denomination of the tally stick shown here is given in Chinese and in Arabic numbers; it has a value of 50 cent.

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