Before the official mass production of Guangxu Yuanbao in China, foreign foreign foreign banks filled the Chinese market. In particular, the coastal areas had earlier contact with the West. Since the Dutch and Spanish merchants invaded Taiwan successively in the early 17th century, the Western Silver yuan gradually penetrated into the lives of the Chinese people. It is precisely because of this, so "silver" and "Silver Eagle" were common in Taiwan's Qing Dynasty literature.
[collection name]: Guangxu Yuanbao made in Taiwan
Because of the abuse caused by the overflow of foreign silver yuan, China began to buy machines to make silver yuan. To some extent, these silver circles have relieved the local economic pressure and promoted the development of local industry. In addition, silver yuan was an essential military support for the war in the late Qing Dynasty. For example, Taiwan Province, which was ordered to make a silver dollar in danger, provided support for the "Sino French war"!
During the Sino French War (December 1883 April 1885), Taiwan was also a war zone. Arms needed to be supplied by the mainland and huge economic support. Therefore, Governor Liu Mingchuan set up the machinery bureau outside the north gate of Taipei mansion, which was completed in 1886. However, the specific production time of these silver making circles in Taiwan Province is not known, and there is no original record at present. It is only known that the silver coins of Taiwan Province can be divided into "made in Taiwan" and "made in Taiwan" according to the inscriptions.
This "made in Taiwan" Guangxu Yuanbao has seven coins and two cents
Later, China was defeated in the Sino Japanese War of 1895. The Qing government signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki with Japan in April 1895 (March of the 21st year of Guangxu). Taiwan was forced to cede to Japan, so Taiwan's silver making yuan was also forced to stop production. According to the records, after Japan occupied Taiwan, the Bank of Taiwan investigated the types of currency in the south of Taiwan from December 1900 to June 1901. According to the inspection report, the silver dollar cast in Taiwan was rare. Few can survive to this day.
The silver making circle of Taiwan Province in danger recorded the earth shaking history of the Sino French war, reflected the rise and fall and vicissitudes of society and economy at that time, and occupied an important historical position. Especially after a hundred years of wind and rain, it has a long memory, has a very far-reaching significance of commemoration and high value of art and cultural relics.