Useful Tables, Forming an Appendix to the Journal of the Asiatic Society: Part the First, Coins, Weights, and Measures of British India

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Baptist Mission Press, 1834 - 92 pages
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Page 79 - Gallon., containing Ten Pounds Avoirdupois Weight of distilled Water weighed in Air, at the Temperature of Sixty two Degrees of Fahrenheit's Thermometer, the Barometer being at Thirty Inches...
Page 11 - ... intrinsic par, which represents that case, in which the pure metal contained in the parallel denominations of coins is equal. '2nd, the commercial par, or that case in which the current value of the coin at each place (after deducting the seignorage leviable for coinage) is equal : or in other words, " two sums of money of different countries are commercially at par, while they can purchase an equal quantity of the same kind of pure metal*.
Page 16 - ... but similar discrepancies are common throughout, and the simple word is all that can be identified as having survived the changes of system. As accounts were formerly kept at Madras in this currency, the following particulars extracted from KELLY'S Cambist will be found useful for reference : According to the old system accounts are kept in Star Pagodas, Fanams, and Cash. 80 cash == 1 fanam. 3360 cash = 42 fanams = 1 pagoda. The Company reckon 12 fanams to the Arcot rupee, and...
Page 29 - fine floss silk,' which expression is synonymous with the signification of the term ' Wan.' This silver is formed into ingots (by the Chinese called shoes'), which are stamped with the mark of the office that issues them, and the date of their issue. The ingots are of various weights, but most commonly of ten taels each. Sycee silver is divided into several classes, according to its fineness and freedom from alloy : the kinds most current at Canton are the five following : — 1st. Kwan-heang, 'the...
Page 38 - O?MIKEBVA at Athens. The whole was completed in six years. The machinery comprises five steam-engines, viz. two of 40 horse, one of 24 horse, one of 20, and one of 14 horse power: the coining presses are capable of striking 300,000 pieces* in a working-day of seven hours. The steam machinery, the circular cutting presses, the milling and the coining apparatus, are by...
Page 29 - Sycee silver, in Chinese Wan-yin, is the only approach to a silver currency among the Chinese. In it the government taxes and duties, and the salaries of officers, are paid ; and it is also current among merchants in general. The term Sycee is derived from two Chinese words Se-sze, "fine floss silk," which expression is synonimous with the signification of the term Wan.

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