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What is ‘one thousand’ in Chinese when describe money

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In ancient China people had used copper coins for some period but which were uneasy for carry on a business-trip. Each round copper coin had a tiny square hole through which you could pass one thread. The top of 贯(guan) looks like one coin plus a thread. The bottom of word is 贝 which means ‘seashell’:It is said the shells were the earlist ‘banknotes’ in the world. So in Chinese 贝 mostly refers to ‘treasure’. 
You can easily carry one thousand of coins with a thin rope for shopping. One 'guan' is equal to ‘one thousand’ that is similar to the English word ‘dozen’.

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Reply Report GVTCC 2019-7-23 17:36
How about the gold and silver ingots? How many coins are they in value?
Reply Report SEARU 2019-8-11 10:56
GVTCC: How about the gold and silver ingots? How many coins are they in value?
It depends! But one thing is certain that gold is more precious than silver! (kidding!)

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