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JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY

OLD HANSATSU NOTES FEATURE GOD OF WEALTH

Japanse Hansatsu note: 10 Mommee silver, Hyogo Amagasaki-Han, 1777Japanse Hansatsu note: Front 10 Mommee silver, Hyogo Amagasaki-Han, 1777Japanse Hansatsu note: Front 10 Mommee silver, Hyogo Amagasaki-Han, 1777
These two Hansatsu notes were issued by the Hyogo Amagasaki-han clan in about 1777.  The clan controlled the region around Amagasaski castle in what was then Settsu Prefecture, which is located near Osaka.   It was an important and wealthy trading center.  Their castle was located near where two rivers flowed into the ocean and was connected to the river by a moat.  The castle was torn down in 1873 as part of the Meiji government's Castle Abolishment Act, in an effort to destroy the relics of the feudal past prevent uprisings from the once powerful feudal clans.  The large 10 Momme silver note is a rare, double sized hansatsu, measuring approximately 82 x 195mm.  The note was made to be folded in half, so it could be carried like regular hansatsu.  The back is essentially blank except for  seals or writing. The 1 Momme silver note is approximately 46 x 192mm.  It has a small hole at the top allowing the notes to be strung together.  Like most hansatsu, the note is block printed on heavy rice paper.  The front of both notes features a vignette of the god Daikokuten and the clan seal.  Daikoku is the Shinto god of wealth.  He is portrayed seated on two bales of rice carrying a huge sack.  Two blue stripes and assorted red and black seals were added to the notes to prevent counterfeiting.
Item PM-JP-HAN-10M JAPAN 10 MOMMEE SILVER DOUBLE WIDE HANSATSU NOTE, AMAGASAKI-HAN 1777 Fine $45.00
Item PM-JP-HAN-1M JAPAN 1 MOMMEE SILVER HANSATSU NOTE, AMAGASAKI-HAN 1777 Fine $9.00
Item PM-JP-HAN-BTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE HANSATSU NOTES 1 & 10 MOMMEE SILVER HANSATSU NOTE, AMAGASAKI-HAN 1777 Fine $52.00


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


Japan oblong 100 Mon 1835-1870AN UNUSUAL OLD JAPANESE COIN 

This large oblong bronze 100 Mon coin of Japan, known as the Tempo Tsuho, was struck from 1835 to 1870, a period of transition in Japan from the long ruling Shoguns to the modernization of the Meiji Restoration. The undated coin's unusual shape and large size has made it a perennial favorite with collectors.
Item JP-100M JAPAN 100 MON OVAL COIN (1835-70) C7 VF $16.00


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 12mm x 7mm and stuck 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 $69.00
Item JP-C16 JAPAN SILVER 1 BU (1837-68) VF-XF $49.95
Item JP-C12 JAPAN SILVER 1 SHU (1853-65) C12 VF-XF $25.00



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 $99.95


WORLD WAR II ERA JAPANESE HOMELAND 10 YEN NOTE

JAPAN 10 YEN (1930-43) P40This undated Japanese 10 Yen note was issued from 1930 until 1943.  In 1943 the reverse was changed to remove the English translation of the denomination.  It continued to circulate until after Japan's surrender in World War II.  The front of the bill features Wake no Kiyomaro, an 8th Century Japanese Buddhist priest and court official.  He helped defend the legitimate imperial line against a monk who had an affair with the Empress tried to claim the imperial throne for himself.  He also helped establish the new imperial capital in Kyoto. He is traditionally worshipped as the bringer of good fortune and the healing of foot problems. The back of the note depicts Goou Shrine in Kyoto where he enshrined.   In 1943 the back was changed to remove the English translation of the denomination.  The note continued to circulate until after Japan's surrender in World War II.
Item PM-JP-10Y-30 JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE (1930-43) P40a VG-VF $3.00


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WORLD WAR II JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY USED IN CHINA

China - Japanese Military Currency: 5 Yen P25 (1938-44)China-Japanese Military Currency 100 Yen note (1945) PM30
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Japan issued Military Currency for use in Hong Kong and areas of China  that they occupied starting in 1938.  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". The 100 Yen Japanese Military note was issued in 1945 for use in Hong Kong.  It was the highest denomination military currency issued by Japan. The note, apparently printed in Hong Kong, utilized the basic design of the 1944 Japanese homeland 100 Yen note, however with modified legends on the back and the front has the "Military Currency" overprint.  The 100 Yen note is in Uncirculated condition.
NEWItem PM-CN-M5YOVPT JAPAN MILITARY 5 YEN NOTE OVERPRINT, 1938-44 PM25 F $4.00
Item PM-CN-M100Y JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR HONG KONG 100 YEN 1945 PM30 UNC. $9.00


HYPOTHEC BANK WAR BONDS

The Hypothec Bank was a government bank that was a prolific issuer of war bonds.  The Hypothec Bank bonds included a lottery aspect in which bonds would be randomly drawn for payment and a premium.  Depending on when a bond was drawn the effective interest rate might range from 2% to 200%.  A table showing the effective interest rates depending on when the bond is drawn is on the back of each bond.   
Japan Hypothec Bank 20 Yen Discounted Industrial Bond, Showa 12
Discounted Industrial Bond: The bonds were issued at one half of their face value. Proceeds from the bonds helped fund the war effort in China.  It includes an embossed 3 Sen tax stamp. This 20 Yen bond is dated Showa 12 (1937) 25.3 x 16.8 cm.
Item BND-JPH-20Y-37 JAPAN 20 YEN DISCOUNTED INDUSTRIAL BOND, 1937 $10.00


NEWPOST-WAR CURRENCY OF JAPAN

Japan 1 Yen banknote 1946Japan 10 Yen banknote 1946
These two undated notes were issued by the Bank of Japan in 1946, shortly after Japan's defeat in World War II.   The 1 Yen note features the portrait of Ninomiya Sontoku and a rooster on the front.  The denomination is on the back, in both Japanese and English.  Sontoku was born in 1787 to a poor peasant family.  He was diligent, intelligent, hard working and studious.  It was said that he would be up early in the mountains gathering wood and studying even before the cock crowed, hence the rooster on the note.   He became a wealthy farmer and was eventually entrusted with important positions by the Shogun. He reformed agricultural practices, increasing yields, set up village credit unions, and developed a philosophical approach which emphasized practical ethical principles.  Schools in Japan often have statues of him reading a book while gathering wood, showing how he would study every moment he could.  The 10 Yen note features the Diet (parliament) building.  Both notes were replaced with coins a few years later.
Item PM-JP-1Y-46 JAPAN 1 YEN BANKNOTE 1946 P85 F-VF  $2.50
Item PM-JP-10Y-46 JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE 1946 P87 F-VF $3.00


NEWSILVER JAPANESE TOKYO OLYMPIC COMMEMORATIVE

Japan Olympic 100 Yen, 1964 KM79This silver Japanese 100 Yen was issued to commemorate the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Most Olympic coins today are often just made to be sold to collectors at exorbitant prices, and then quickly drop in value. These silver 100 Yen Olympic coins were available at Japanese banks at face value, and have been increasing in value.  They are still one of the least expensive silver Olympic coins on the market. Featured on the coin is the Olympic torch and rings.   The 22.5mm coin is struck in .600 fine silver and contains .0925 troy ounces of silver.
Item JP-100Y-OLY JAPAN 100 YEN 1964 TOKYO OLYMPICS KM76 AU-UNC $5.00


OFFICIAL JAPANESE MINT SET Restocked

1988 Japanese Mint Set
Every time we have offered these attractive Japanese mint sets, they have been a complete sell-out!  The 6 coin sets contains the 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 Yen coins plus an official mint medal. The 500 Yen pictures a Pawlownia flower. Cherry blossoms are on the 100 Yen. The 50 Yen portrays Chrysanthemum blossoms and has a center hole. The 10 Yen portrays the Phoenix Hall of the Byōdō-in temple which was built in 1053AD. The 5 Yen pictures a gear and an ear of rice around its center hole. A young, sprouting tree is on the 1 Yen.  The sets are in a hard plastic case.  The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item JP-SET85 JAPAN 1985 OFFICIAL MINT SET, 6 COINS + MEDAL IN PLASTIC CASE $19.50



JAPAN CELEBRATES THEIR BULLET TRAINS

Japan bullet train coin setJapan celebrated the 50th anniversary of their famed bullet (Shinkensen) trains with a series of nine 100 Yen coins featuring the trains.   The coins were issued over a two year period.  The first line, the Tokaido, opened in 1964, running Tokyo and Kyoto.  The network now covers over 1700 miles (2765km.) with trains running as fast as 200 mph (320km/h).  Each coin depicts one of the uniquely shaped trains along with the name of the line on which it is used in Japanese and English. The 2015 issues feature the Tokaido, Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku lines.  The 2016 issues include the Kyusho and the recently opened Hokkaido lines, as well as two “mini shinkensen” lines; Akita and Yamagata, which operate at lower speeds  The 22.6mm copper-nickel coins have a common reverse depicting a head on view of the original Tokaido train.  The coins have a planned mintage of only 300,000 each.  All coins are Uncirculated.
Item JP-TRAIN JAPAN SET OF 9 100 YEN, 2015-2016, BULLET TRAIN, UNC. $49.50



JNDA THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES, 2016

2016 JNDA, THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES

This is THE standard reference for Japanese coins and notes.  It is an excellent book, listing and pricing Japanese coins and currency from ancient times to the present, including WWII Occupation issues and Japanese Invasion Money.  The book lists coins and varieties not found in the Krause catalogs.  Prices in Yen. Text in Japanese but has English titles and headings so it is easy to use.   308 pages, plus a pull out chart of Japanese commemorative coins.  Highly recommended for collectors of Japanese coins or paper money.  Soft Cover.
Item BOOK-JNDA16 2016 JNDA THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES $29.75




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