tola, weight), the name current in European usage for the Chinese Jiang or ounce, the Jiang of fine uncoined silver being the monetary unit throughout the Chinese empire.
The Biblical references to shekels must refer to uncoined ingots.
In the Middle Ages and into the 18th century, the word bullion usually meant uncoined gold or silver that was shaped into something usable.
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