镖金

19:01 Oct 3, 2018
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Chinese to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Finance (general) / investing
Chinese term or phrase: 镖金
哥哥在学堂里,与同学们合买*镖金*,不知怎的一双空手,却挣了六七十块钱。。。

This is from a novel that takes place in 1920s Shanghai. Here, a character is telling about how her brother went in with some classmates to buy 镖金 and made a lot of money from it.

What is 镖金? I know it's something different from 股票 (stocks) because later this character says the brother also bought 股票 but lost everything from that gamble.

Thank you in advance for any help!
Alice L Yang
United States
Local time: 05:33


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2ornamental gold
Gareth Callagy


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ornamental gold


Explanation:
镖 can refer to an ancient dart-like weapon/ornament that was made from gold/metal itself.
Source: http://huazi.qcrx.cn/zi.asp?id=13026

It's a difficult one, but my best guess is that it's gold sold in the form of a dart/spear or a spear-like ornament. The only hits I get is from computer games based on an ancient fantasy stories where it seems to be used a kind of currency or store of value.

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Note added at 3 hrs (2018-10-03 22:14:29 GMT)
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I have a feeling that 镖金 may refer to a kind of "gold bank note" from the imperial biaoju (镖局) early banking/trade assurance/insurance system in China where bank notes could be redeemed at different biaoju branches around the country. (To protect business people from having to carry around all their cash and valuables and risk being robbed)

Source: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=cmNwDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT444&lp...

Gareth Callagy
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:33
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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