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‘Opium weights' is the name given to an ancient weight system used in Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and South China until banned by the British in the 19th century. They were used for weighing all kinds of commodities, smaller weights for expensive goods, opium, gems, gold, silver, larger weights for inexpensive commodities. There was no established standard, and weight sets varied widely, roughly scaled in ticals. A tical is equal to 16 grams. These weights in ticals:

Elephants 15.2, 11.6, 7.8, 5, 2
Baboons 14.3, 7.4, 4.4, 3.4, 2
Chickens 5, 4.2, 3, 2, 1.2

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