One high value note — for 6 billion yuan. It was released in May 1949, but it was then only good for buying the equivalent of 77 rice grains.
A museum of business was unveiled at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics yesterday.
It displays China's history in commercial educational development, its currency, tax stamps, insurance policies and other bills, as well as various calculating tools.
The currency pavilion has a spectacular exhibit in China, a bill valued at 6 billion yuan (US6 million if it were worth that today) on display. It was released in May 1949, but it was only good for buying the equivalent of 77 grains of rice at that time.
To mark the university's 100th birthday, the three-floor museum has a pavilion on its first floor showcasing the development of the university.
It was first established as a commerce department by a Nanjing government teachers college in 1917 and relocated in Shanghai as the Shanghai College of Commerce in 1921, becoming the origin of all later Chinese institutions of higher education in business.
Admission letters, graduation certificates and textbooks are all displayed to show how business education has developed in China.
Among them, the insurance pavilion exhibits more than 300 documents, including some from Canton Insurance Society, the first foreign invested insurance company in China.