A silver sycee ingot bought at an antiques market in Quanzhou, Fujian province. Photo: Stuart Heaver

How China and Hong Kong’s currencies were shaped by Spanish, Mexican silver dollars

Many modern East Asian currencies have roots in Ming dynasty trade and Chinese traders’ faith in the Mexican silver dollar. Attempts to dislodge it, such as the Hong Kong-minted silver British dollar, were not always successful

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A silver sycee ingot bought at an antiques market in Quanzhou, Fujian province. Photo: Stuart Heaver
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