China $10 Yuan Banknote
(circa 1941-1947)

Chinese babysitter servant
Shao Chi "Little Chicken"

1947 U.S. Lincoln Penny
made of copper & not gold

Big Blunder by Little Chicken

Shanghai, 1947— Mom hired
Shao Chi "Little Chicken"
as babysitter for our 1-year old
sister Yuin-Lo & household chores.

I don't remember much about
her except this event still
burning after 74 years—
Mom gave her $10 to buy

milk and cookies. She returned
empty-handed, saying grocers
would not accept the gold coins
she received for her $10 bill.

Turns out those gold pieces
were U.S. Lincoln pennies.
We had no milk and cookies
till Mom shopped the next day.

Mom never fired "Little Chicken"
or hired another. I've been thinking
perhaps she wasn't so dumb after all—
gave the $10 bill to her consort

for those phony gold pieces,
and kept $5 in the bargain.
I would not trust her to care
for anyone or chores in the house.

Hope Mom kept those Lincoln pennies—
Just two years later, they were worth
their weight in gold for hyperinflation
made them equal to 23 $10,000 currency!

$10,000 China Banknote 1949 (Front)
23.3 million Yuan = $1 U.S. Dollar

$10,000 China Banknote 1949 (Back)
233,000 Yuan = 1 U.S. Lincoln Penny

  — Peter Y. Chou
      Mountain View, 6-22-2021