1700 - 1800's circa Siam Chinese Porcelain Gambling 'Pee Money' Token.
We have on great offer here a 1700 - 1800's circa Siam Chinese Porcelain Gambling 'Pee Money' Token. Token size 17 mm Porcelain tokens were first used in old Siam as counters for a game called Fantan. The game was one of many played in the Chinese-run gambling houses called hongs. Over time they came to be used as currency within the hong owners' districts and were known as pees. The pees were easier to use than the silver bars that served as legal tender in Siam at the time. Eventually the King of Siam introduced coins to the country and the use of the tokens as currency was outlawed. The tokens did not disappear quickly, however. They were used as currency (underground) into the 20th century. It is believed that thousands of designs were created. There was often a shortage of small change in Siam. Porcelain gaming tokens, issued by Chinese owned gambling houses were widely used as money in Siam during the 18th and 19th century. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. After a period of time the gambling houses would recall the tokens and they would be declared valueless, resulting in a substantial profit to the issuer. Authenticity guaranteed for Life. Going for an extremely very fair price. Self pickup. You are looking at an original listing by Emporium-Antiquities.com. With 100% excellent Feedback, you can buy with confidence! Thank you for viewing this listing. Note: Please click the on-line Emporium @ http://emporium-antiquities.com/collections/everything www.Emporium-Antiquities.com Keywords: Golden Gold Silver Platinum Diamond Emerald Ruby Sapphire Jade Opal Coin Medal Thaler Taler Yen Won Dollar Cent Peso VOC British Straits Borneo Sumatra Java Batavia Malaya Aceh Malacca Singapore Malaysia Indonesia Japan Korea China Sultanate Victoria Edward George Elizabeth Dragon Eagle Proof UNC Uncirculated Merchant Trade King Emperor Queen Gift Present Piastre Indochine Cochin Ducat