Commerce for the most part, operates with money.
Here is a NT $1.00 note.
In 1959 this note would probably purchase a few things on it's own.
At the exchange rate of US $1.00 equals NT $40.00, this note was worth approximately US $.02 1/2 cents.
The China Post English language newspaper cost NT $1.20, about US $.03 cents in 1959.
It's time to look back at MAAG Hsinchu and some Commerce and Production activities of the hard working citizens of Taiwan in the late 1950's. The discussion starts here.