As Nan Yan was feeling unhappy about this matter, she suddenly heard Ye Zheng’s voice coming from behind.
“You two, why are you standing there under the scorching sun. Are you not feeling hot ?”
Turning her head, she saw Ye Zheng who was holding a huge tray and covered with a bright yellow cloth, having a hard time speaking.
Both Nan Yan and Jian Ruocheng promptly turned over to his direction so they could greet him.
Ye Zheng smiled and said, “Greetings, Minister Jian and Female Officer Si.” After speaking, he glanced at Nan Yan. “Are you alright ?”
Jian Ruocheng was stunned and stared at Nan Yan.
“Did something happen to you ?”
Nan Yan hurriedly waved her hands. She did not want the matter of her being beaten to spread. Otherwise, she would feel too ashamed. So, she simply replied”Nothing.”
“Oh, that’s right ! Ye Zheng, what are you holding ?”
Ye Zheng was stirred, but before he could answer Nan Yan heard Zhu Feng’s cold voice from inside the Wu Ying Palace.
“How many words do you need to say outside ?”
When the three of them heard his deep voice, they were startled and hurried in. After going inside, they immediately knelt down to pay their respect.
Zhu Feng was sitting behind a table, looking at some documents. At this moment, he glanced up at them and his eyes fell on Nan Yan’s body.
“Why are you here ?”
“This servant wanted to come and take a look.”
“You may stand up.”
After hearing Zhu Feng’s permission, Nan Yan quickly stood up from kneeling. Her movements were swift again as her back did not hurt anymore. Zhu Feng examined her once again before turning his attention to Ye Zheng and Jian Ruocheng.
“You may rise.” The two of them stood up. “If you have something to say, speak.”
Ye Zheng rushed forward and start talking.
“Your Highness, this is our Great Yan Dynasty’s first currency. It needs to be inspected as it just came from the Ministry of Works.”
“Oh.” Zhu Feng knitted his brows and said, “Show me.”
Ye Zheng hurriedly opened up the clasp of the tray and stretched out the top of the silk cloth.
Nan Yan could not help but stretched her neck to take a peek.
On that wide tray, she saw hundreds of coins neatly stacked, shining sparklingly. The coins all had the imprint of the ‘Great Yan Dynasty Treasures’. She could recognise the style of these four words since they were his in his handwriting; neat and tidy but vigorous.
Then Ye Zheng said, “This batch of silver needs to be inspected because it is the first. The ratio of copper-lead in this coin is 6:4 which could cast one million taels.”
Zhu Feng picked up a piece. It seemed to feel quite heavy.
Watching him gently fiddle the coin with his fingers, Jian Ruocheng slightly knitted his brows. He calmly said, “Your Highness, this Minister has something to suggest.”
“Just a moment ago, this Minister heard Lord Ye say that the first batch of currency will have a copper coin ratio of 6:4. Is it not inappropriate ?”
“The days where the Imperial Household can exploit copper mines might possibly becomevery rare so casting money with this big ratio perhaps will raise a bit of trouble. In addition, these coins will be used by the population. I am afraid that unscrupulous businessmen could acquire a large amount and melt them for their own in the future.”
As Ye Zheng listened, he became slightly upset.
“Right Assistant Minister Jian.”
Zhu Feng lifted his hand as a sign to stop him talking and faced Jian Ruocheng.
“Zhen knows what you mean, the proportion of copper is too high and indeed it is harmful to the people. But this first batch of copper coin will reflect the face of my Great Yan Dynasty.’’
After that, he put back the coin on the tray.
“The next batch will be delayed, but it will have a better proportion for the citizens.”
When Jian Ruocheng heard him, he immediately knelt down.
“His Highness is wise.”
Zhu Feng waved his hand, letting Ye Zheng put the heavy tray aside and asked, “Right Assistant Minister Jian is coming here today, do you have something to say ?”
“This Minister has an important thing to report.”
“State the report.”
“His Highness Jing Wang wrote a letter, it describes how Southern Yue State is invading our border once again.”
Zhu Feng’s brow suddenly wrinkled.
The northern part of the Great Yan Dynasty had always had a formidable swift and fierce force. Both skilled in riding and shooting, it had repeatedly battled the invaders at the frontier. Back when he was still Yan Wang, Zhu Feng had been ordered to stay in the north. By the time of his departure, he had been fighting in the northern part of the country for over ten years.
However, the threat to the Great Yan Dynasty did not only come from the northern part.
End of Chapter
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