The Qing example of sycee currency sold at German auction house Eppli for €14,000 (£12,730).

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Surely when one considers the rai stones of the Island of Yap, which can weigh up to 4 tonnes (and be up to 4 metres in diameter), the sycee weighing under 2 kilos is a mere runner-up in any listing of ‘the largest coin ever made’?

John Spanner, Merstham