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    Heavy Late Ming Dynasty Sycee

    Ming Dynasty. Emperor Chong Zhen (1628-1644) Hunan "Waisted" Sycee of 50 Taels Year 11 (c. 1638) AU, 80x146mm. 1848.39gm. Cast in Chaling County by silversmith Zhang Shan. Stamped in four vertical columns, reading, from right to left: "Chaling Xian" (Chaling County), "Chong Zhen Shi Yi Nian" (Year 11 of Chong Zhen), "Fen Gui Fu Lu Yin Wu Shi Liang Zheng" (Silver Ingot 50 Taels), "Yin Jiang Zhang Shan" (Silversmith Zhang Shan). An extremely rare example of this heaviest weight sycee from the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, with the next largest we have been able to locate coming to auction being a 25 Taels. Richly aged and remarkably original, each of the individual characters beautifully hand-cut rather than stamped, the whole of the piece appears a soft graphite in color with notable champagne-tinged luster emerging around the inscriptions. Even close examination reveals hardly a scratch or unoriginal mark, a truly impressive feat for any large-size piece of this age, let alone a heavy tax ingot which would seldom have been carefully preserved.


    明代崇禎年間(1628-1644)湖南五十兩銀錠。AU。 80x146毫米。1848.39克。由銀匠張山鑄造於茶陵縣。戳記分四直行,從右至左為:「茶陵縣」、「崇禎拾壹年」、「分桂府祿銀伍拾兩正」、「銀匠張山」。明末崇禎年間最大面額的銀錠,曾在拍賣中出現的第二大面額為貳拾伍兩。年代感悠遠,保存原味,字體由人手逐一雕刻而非戳印上。整體為石墨色,字體周邊散發香檳色光彩。即使仔細審視,亦未能發現刮痕或後加痕跡。就此尺寸的古老銀錠而言非常罕見。作稅收用途的銀錠一般不會小心保存,因此得此狀態上佳的例子極爲難得。

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