Cash (unit)

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Cash or li (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: or 厘; pinyin: ) is a traditional Chinese unit of weight.

The terms "cash" or "le" were documented to have been used by British explorers in the 1830s when trading in Qing territories of China.[1]

Under the Hong Kong statute of the Weights and Mesaures Ordinance, 1 cash is about 0.0013 ounces (0.037 g). Currently, it is ​110 candareen or ​116000 catty, namely 3.779936375 milligrams (0.05833333269 gr).[2]

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  1. ^ Roberts, Edmund (Digitized 12 October 2007) [First published in 1837]. "Chapter X. Weights and Measures". Embassy to the Eastern courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat : in the U. S. sloop-of-war Peacock during the years 1832-3-4. Harper & brothers. page 136, image 143. OCLC 12212199. Retrieved 5 April 2013. The highest weight used in reckoning money, is tael, (leang,) which is divided into mace, (tseen,) candareens, (fun,) and cash, (le.) The relative value of these terms, both among the Chinese, and in foreign money, can be seen by the following table. It should be observed here, that these terms, taels, mace, candareens, cash, peculs, and catties, covids, punts, &;c., are not Chinese words, and are never used by the Chinese among themselves; and, the reason of their employment by foreigners, instead of the legitimate terms, is difficult to conjecture.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Weights and Measures Ordinance". Laws of Hong Kong. 

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