[Chinese 錢 or 钱 In pinyin, qián.] In China, a unit of mass used for gold and silver, 58¹/₃ grains, about 3.78 grams, a tenth of a tael. Doursther (1840) says it was 3.7569 grams. Also romanized as mas, cien, tchen and tschen.
In North Borneo, a unit of mass, 93¹/₃ pound av.
In Amboina, an island in the Moluccas, 19th century, a unit of mass, about 1.8456 grams.
In parts of Sumatra, 19th century, a unit of mass, about 600 milligrams.
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