Talk:Tea brick

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Use in Colonial America[edit]

To what extent were Tea Bricks used in Colonial America? Can this be addressed in the article? Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lbeaumont (talkcontribs) 12:18, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

I have not seen this addressed in writing in a reliable, citable source, but a docent at James Monroe's Virginia residence, Ash Lawn–Highland, who presented himself as a member of the history faculty at the University of Virginia showed us a tea-brick in the kitchen and told us that brick tea was widely used - in fact the standard form of tea - in the colonies and in the fledgeling United States into the 19th Century. I believe it was mentioned in connection with the Lewis and Clark expedition, but I am not certain I am recalling correctly. Assuming the docent was not just making this up, he must have had sources upon which to draw so presumably the information is out there, if not yet here. 72.49.43.222 (talk) 06:43, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Coins[edit]

Nothing to do with metalic coins, but they were definietly used like coins or ingots. Sjschen 05:46, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

I have heard that these bricks were still used -- and perhaps still are -- as a form of currency in Soviet and post-Soviet prisons. I purchased a brick identical to the illustrated Hunan brick at a major Lithuanian grocery store as recently as  2002. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.16.158.60 (talk) 20:40, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Tuocha literal meaning?[edit]

What is the meaning of "tuo" in "tuocha"? I looked it up and it says "flowing" but I don't see what that means in context. Badagnani 20:57, 22 July 2006 (UTC)

Bianxiao[edit]

Can something be added about Bianxiao brick tea? I can't find much online other than the fact that it's tested for high levels of fluoride. Badagnani 07:09, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

Numismaticnotice[edit]

As Sjschen mentioned above, these were currency, and thus belong in the numismatics project (and Category:Currency), unless perhaps they're exonumia, but I think that's for coin-like objects which are not currency. I am always confused by that. I've restored the numismaticnotice and don't think it should be removed again without an explanation. Ingrid 03:30, 11 February 2007 (UTC)