It would seem, therefore, that so far as regulation of internal currency is concerned the adoption of the Shanghai tael as the standard should prove the best possible solution of the present difficulty. But if any change contemplated does not also pay sufficient consideration to the exigencies of national foreign indebtedness and possible variations in the value of silver, it is not at all improbable that we should be confronted again with further difficulties. If attainable the effect of currency reform should not only include uniformity within the country but also the following benefits to the country: first, the augmentation of foreign trade by bringing about a steadiness in prices and exchange; second, reduction in payments on account of foreign loans by helping to keep the gold value of silver as high as is reasonably possible; and, third, maintenance of the silver value of gold at a fairly reasonable ratio, with a range of fluctuation as narrow as possible. How far the adoption of the Shanghai tael as a standard would achieve the desired objects is a subject worthy of serious consideration.