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JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY

UNUSUAL OLD HANSATSU NOTE OF JAPAN

 Hansatsu notes from Japan
The Shoguns of Japan were military leaders. From the 16th century until the Meiji Restoration in 1868 they dominated Japanese society. The Emperor was little more than a religious figurehead. Emphasis was placed on military achievement and contact with foreign influences was shunned. During this period many local clans, merchants, communities and banks issued their own currency. These tall, thin notes (approximately 6" x 1.5", 160mm x 40mm) printed on heavy paper were known as Hansatsu. They come in a variety of designs, ranging from simple to intricate. Because of the lack of English language references of this very extensive series, the notes are usually not identified by issuer.
We also have a number of unidentified hansatsu notes which we are offer in lots of all different. Notes will grade Very Good to Very Fine. Notes will probably be different than what is pictured on this page.
Item PM-JP-HANST1 1 JAPANESE HANSATSU NOTE, UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $12.00
Item PM-JP-HANSTx3 3 DIFFERENT JAPANESE HANSATSU NOTES, UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $35.00
Item PM-JP-HANSTx6 6 DIFFERENT JAPANESE HANSATSU NOTES, UNIDENTIFIED VG-F $69.50


COPPER 1 MON COIN OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN   

Japan 1 Mon Kanei Tsuho coinJapan 1 Mon with Edo MintmarkIn 1626 the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan introduced a new cast copper coin known as the Kanei Tsuho.  It replaced a mixture of Chinese coins and privately minted coins that were in circulation. The 1 Mon Kanei Tsuho coin was the lowest denomination issued and served as the mainstay of the Japanese economy for over 200 years, until the Shoguns were replaced in the Meiji Restoration in 1867.The obverse has the characters Kan Ei Tsu Ho, which translates as "Current Treasure of Kan-ei". Kan-ei refers to the era of the Shogunate that lasted from 1603 to 1644, however the inscription continued long after that era. In 1668 a new variety was introduced, with the Japanese character "bun" on the reverse, indicating the coin was made at the Edo (now Tokyo) mint. The Edo coins are of good quality and are well made. They continued to be issued until about 1700.  It is a notable and inexpensive coins from an important period of Japanese history.
Item JP-EDO JAPAN 1 MON EDO (TOKYO) MINTMARK (1668-1700) C1.2 VF $3.00



RECTANGULAR GOLD & SILVER COINS OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN 

Japan gold 2 Shu 1860-1869 C18aJapan silver 1 Bu 1837-1868Japan Isshu Gin (1 Shu Silver) 1853-1865
These unusual rectangular silver and gold coins were some of the last coins issued by the famous and once powerful Shoguns of Japan. The Shoguns were the military rulers of Japan, who for hundreds of years controlled the island nation.  They were finally forced from power in 1867 due to the pressures of modernization brought about by the United States.  Their militaristic influence continued however, leading to World War II
The Gold 2 Shu (Nishu) was minted from 1860 until 1869.  It is approximately 11.5mm x 6.5mm and struck in an alloy of 23% gold, 77% silver.  It is one of the least expensive gold coins available to collectors. The silver 1 Bu (Ichibu) is approximately 24mm x 16mm.  It was issued from 1837 until 1868. It includes an official countermark on the reverse.  The smaller silver 1 Shu (Isshu) is 14mm x 9 mm and was issued from 1853 until 1865.  The coins are some of the few rectangular coins ever used by any nation in general circulation.  The coins grade Very Fine or better.  Despite being almost 150 years old or older, these remarkable and historic coins are quite reasonably priced.
Item JP-C18a JAPAN GOLD 2 SHU (1860-69) C18a VF $59.75
Item JP-C16 JAPAN SILVER 1 BU (1837-68) VF-XF $49.75
Item JP-C12 JAPAN SILVER 1 SHU (1853-65) C12 VF-XF $29.75



RECTANGULAR GOLD COIN FROM THE MEIJI RESTORATION OF JAPAN  

Japan gold 1 BuThis rectangular gold 2 Bu (Ni Bu) was minted in Japan from 1867 to 1869. It was one of the first coins of the Meiji Restoration. The Meiji Restoration overthew the highly traditional and once powerful Shogun warlords and restored the Emperor as the center of the Japanese government.  The Meiji restoration was also a modernization movement, that opened Japan to western ideas. A few years after this coin was introduced, Japan adopted western style round coins, so these coins were soon withdrawn from circulation and many were melted.    The coin weighs approximately 3 grams and is struck in .223 fine gold.   It is an interesting and historic gold coin that represents the end of Japan's traditional ways under the Shoguns and the introduction of new ways under the Meiji Restoration.
Item JP-C21 JAPAN GOLD 2 BU, (1867-1869)  C21d VF $99.75




NEWSILVER SUN COINS FROM THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

Japan silver 10, 20 & 50 Sen coins, 1906-1917This set of three historic silver Japanese coins include the 10, 20 and 50 Sen coins issued from 1906 until 1917. All three coins have the same basic design.  The obverse depicts a sunburst within a ring of cherry blossoms  The reverses include the Imperial Chrysanthemum Seal at the top and the denomination in Japanese in the center.  To the left is a branch of Paulownia Flowers, representing the Japanese government and to the right are Chrysanthemum flowers, representing the Emperor. The 50 Sen is 27.3mm and contains .26 troy ounces of silver. The 20 Sen is 20.3mm and contains.1042 ounces of silver. It was minted from 1906 until 1911 when it was then permanently discontinued. The 10 Sen is 17.6mm and contains .0521 ounces of silver.
Item JP-SILV-SET3 JAPAN SILVER 10, 20 & 50 SEN, 1906-1917 VF $29.75
Item JP-10SEN JAPAN SILVER 10 SEN 1907-1917 FROM THE ABOVE SET, VF $5.75


NEWATTRACTIVE AND HISTORIC SILVER JAPANESE 50 SEN 

Japan silver 50 sen 1922-1938This attractive silver 50 Sen coin was the last silver coin issued by Japan before World War II.  It was struck from 1922 to 1938.  The design is rich in Japanese symbolism.  One side depicts two Phoenix, or Hō-ō.  According to legend they appear very rarely, in order to mark the beginning of a new era, or to indicate a period of peace and prosperity.  Above the birds is a chrysanthemum or kiku in Japanese.  The chrysanthemum is the Imperial seal. The Imperial office itself is known as the Chrysanthemum Throne, and is the oldest monarchy in the world. It is said that the Empire of Japan was founded in 660 BC by the Emperor Jimmu Tenno, and that his descendents continue to reign to this day; the current Emperor Akhito (Heisei Tenno) is the direct 125th descendant of Jimmu.   Beneath the birds are the Kiri, or Paulownia leaves. They are the emblem of the government of Japan. Thus the symbols of both the Imperial and civilian government of Japan are represented on the coin.  The stems of the leaves form a karakusa - a winding-stem pattern that was often used in traditional Japanese artistry.  The reverse features a sunburst flanked by two cherry blossoms within an ancient sacred bronze mirror.  The mirror, known as the Yata no Kagami is part of the Imperial Regalia and is considered an essential possession for a new emperor to claim the Chrysanthemum Throne.  Cherry blossoms symbolize innocence, simplicity, and rebirth.  Their annual spring bloom is widely celebrated in Japan. The sun is the national symbol of Japan and is used on their flag.  Japan is known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”.  The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why it is known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”.    The 23.5mm coin is struck in .720 fine silver
Item JP-50SEN JAPAN SILVER 50 SEN 1922-1938 VF $8.50



SCARCE WWII CLAY COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan baked clay 1 Sen KM110 By the end of World War II Japan suffered from a severe shortage of metal needed to make coins.  Emergency coins were made out of clay, however the coins circulated for only for only a few days in cental Japan before the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945. This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan.  The unusual, undated 1 Sen coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and sakura blossems on the other.  The 15mm coin is made from red or brown clay.  It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110 JAPAN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $32.00




NEWLAST CIRCULATING SILVER COIN OF JAPAN

Japan 100 Yen coin1959-1966 (Showa 34 - 41) Y78Japan released a new silver 100 Yen coin in 1959.  The obverse depicts a sheaf of rice.  The denomination is featured on the reverse.  The coin was minted only seven years, until 1966, when the rising price of silver forced Japan to remove silver from their circulating coins. The coins are dated year 34 to year 41 of the Showa era in the imperial Japanese calendar. The 22.5mm coin is struck in .600 fine silver and contains .0926 troy ounces of silver. 
Item JP-100Y-66 JAPAN 100 YEN  1959-66 Y78 VF-XF $4.00



NEWJAPAN SILVER 1000 YEN 1964 OLYMPIC COIN

Japan 1000 Yen 1964 Olympics Y80 Mount Fuji is featured on this attractive 1964 silver 1000 Yen coin.  The coin was issued to commemorate the Olympic Games that were held in Tokyo that year.  The reverse includes the denomination and the Olympic rings flanked by cherry blossoms.  The coin is dated Year 39 of the Showa era, which corresponds to 1964.   With the Olympics returning to Tokyo in 2020 it is expected that there will be an increased demand for this beautiful coin. The 35mm coin contains .5948 troy ounces of silver.
Item JP-1000Y-64 JAPAN 1000 YEN 1964 OLYMPICS Y80 UNC.-toned $24.00



JAPAN CELEBRATES EXPO '70

Japan 100 Yen Expo '70 commemorative coin Y83Japan issued this copper-nickel 100 Yen coin to commemorate Expo '70, held in Osaka.  It was the first World's Fair held in Japan.  Seventy seven nations participated in the event and over 64 million people attended the six month event.  It set a record for the most visitors until the 2010 Shanghai Expo.  The attractive 28mm coin features Mount Fuji on one side and the Expo logo on the other.   The coin is dated the 45th year of the Showa Era (reign of Emperor Hirohito), which corresonds to 1970.
Item JP-EXPO70 JAPAN 100 YEN EXPO '70 Y83 UNC. $4.00



MULTI-COLOR SILVER DINOSAUR COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan 1000 Yen 2011 Y164 Fukui Prefecture - T-Rex dinosaur coinA fierce multi-colored Tyrannosaurus rex is featured on this silver Proof 2011 Japanese 1000 Yen coin honoring Fukui Prefecture.  The coin was struck as part of a series commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Japan's Local Autonomy Law that honor each of the 47 prefectures of Japan.  Many dinosaur fossils have been found in Fukui and it is the home of the only dedicated dinosaur museum in Japan.  It is one of the largest museums in Japan and is one of the "World's Three Great Dinosaur Museums".  The reverse features cherry blossoms, snowflakes and a crescent moon. The 1 troy ounce 40mm coin is struck in .999 fine silver and has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.  The coin comes in a custom hard plastic case.
Item JP-FUKUI JAPAN 1000 YEN 2011 T-REX,  FUKUI PREFECTURE, Y164 SILVER PROOF $89.75



WORLD WAR II JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY USED IN CHINA  

China - Japanese Military Currency: 5 Yen P25 (1938-44)
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Japan  issued Military Currency starting in 1938 for use in the areas of China that they occupied. Because civilians were forced to accept the Military Yen, which was not backed and could not be exchanged into Japanese Yen, it cost the Japanese government virtually nothing to purchase whatever they wanted. The initial issues of Military currency were created by taking partially completed Japanese homeland notes and overprinting them on the front and back with four large red characters that read "Military Note". 
Item PM-CN-M5YOVPT JAPANESE MILITARY 5 YEN OVERPRINTED NOTE FOR CHINA, 1938-44 PM25 F $3.00



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  

Manchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13a
Manchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern China prior to World War II.  Due to a severe metal shortage towards the end of the war, it issued these unusual 1 Fen and 5 Fen coins struck in a thick, red material rather than metal. The coins are dated in the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te of Manchukuo.   Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, who was the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. The Japanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo.  The 1 Fen struck only a single year; 1945.  The 5 Fen was struck in 1944 and 1945. Because the material used was relitively soft, the coins show considerable wear. These historic World War II coins are some of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the 20th century.  
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG 7.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.00



MENG CHIANG JAPANESE PUPPET BANK   

Meng Chiang Bank 5 Chiao 1938 KM521During the 1930's Japan conquered much of Northern China.  The Meng Chiang Bank was a puppet bank established by the Japanese to provide currency for the area between Mongolia and Manchukuo, known as Inner Mongolia.  In 1938 the Bank issued its only coin: a copper-nickel 5 Chiao. One side of the coin features a pair of stylized dragons and the denomination.   The other side has a floral design.
Item MENG521 MENG CHIANG BANK 5 CHIAO 1938 (KM521) VF-XF $10.00






NEWJAPANESE INVASION MONEY FOR BURMA

World War II Japanese Invasion Money for Burma: 1/2, 1, 5, 10 & 100 Rupee P13 - P17
Prior to World War II, Burma (now Myanmar) was under British rule. Japanese forces attacked Burma on December 14, 1941.  Within five months the British forces were defeated or retreated to India and Burma came under Japanese control. Japan issued these banknotes for their occupation of Burma.. Like the previous British issues, the notes are in English and denominated in Rupees. The undated notes were issued from 1942 to 1944.  The fronts of the notes all bear the legend "THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT" and depict the Ananada Temple in Pagan (Bagan).  The backs have the denomination and a geometric design.  This five-note set includes the 1/2, 1, 5, 10 and 100 Rupees. The notes are Uncirculated, though may have been slightly mishandled in storage.
Item PM-BURMA-JIM5 BURMA 5 NOTE SET OF JAPANESE INVASION MONEY, 1/2 - 100 RUPEES, P13-17 AU-UNC. $6.00
Item PM-BURMA-10R BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 from the above set VF-AU $2.00
Item PM-BURMA-10Rx10 10 PIECES OF BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 VF-AU $9.75
Item PM-BURMA-10Rx100 100 PIECES OF BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 VF-AU $65.00



JAPANESE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES?

Malaya 10 Dollars Japanese Invasion Money
When these notes issued by Japan started showing up during World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan was about to conquer the United States and had already printed new currency for the United States. After all, the notes were clearly denominated in Dollar or Cents and had the words "THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT" in large letters.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, however they were for use in Malay, which Japan conquered by early 1942, and not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya used dollars and cents.  The Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes pictures features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts on the front and palm trees and a ship steaming in the horizon on the back.   These are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II
Item PM-MALAYA10 MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c UNC. $3.00
Item PM-MALAYA10x10 10 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $18.00
Item PM-MALAYA10x100 100 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $95.00




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