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JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY


COPPER 1 MON COINS OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN

Japan 1 Mon Kanei Tsuho coinJapan Kanei Tsuho 1 Mon with blank reverseJapan 1 Mon with Edo Mintmark
In 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. We are pleased to offer major varieties of this important coin of the Shoguns of Japan. All  have a similar obverse bearing 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. One variety, issued from 1636 to 1769 has no mintmark on the reverse. In 1668 a new type was introduced, with the Japanese character "bun" on the reverse, representing the Edo (now Tokyo) mintmark. The coins are of good quality and are well made. They continued to be issued until about 1700.  They are notable and inexpensive coins from an important period of Japanese history.
Item JP-MON JAPAN 1 MON NO MINTMARK (1636-1769) C1.1 F-VF $3.00
Item JP-MONx5 5 of the above JAPAN 1 MON NO MINTMARK C1.1 F-VF $10.00
Item JP-EDO JAPAN 1 MON EDO (TOKYO) MINTMARK (1668-1700) C1.2 VF $4.00


RECTANGULAR GOLD & SILVER COINS OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPANRestocked!

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 1864 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 $69.95
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 out


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



SCARCE MEIJI ERA HANSATSU NOTES FROM JAPAN

3 Meiji era Hansatsu notes from Japan
The Meiji restoration in Japan in 1868 was a major transformation in Japanese society, changing it from a closed feudal regime under the Shoguns to a modern, industrial society. Among the changes was abolishing the locally issued, long, thin Hansatsu notes. This set of three Japanese Hansatsu notes were issued during the early years of the Meiji restoration, before the introduction of modern Yen denominated banknotes in 1873. Included are the 5 Bu, 1 Momme and 3 Momme. The notes all have a similar design featuring a fisherman on one side. The reverse has a large Japanese character written in black ink over the printed design. The notes range in length from about 4 1/2 inches (134mm) for the 5 Bu to 6 1/4 inches (137mm) for the 3 Momme.
Item PM-JP-MEIJI-HAN JAPAN SET OF 3 MEIJI HANSATSU NOTES, 1868-1873 Fine $24.50

ATTRACTIVE AND HISTORIC SILVER 50 SEN Restocked!

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



JNDA THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES, 2014

NEW2014 JNDA THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES 

An excellent book listing and pricing Japanese coins and currency from ancient times to the present, including WWII Occupation issues for China and Japanese Invasion Money.  Includes 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.   300 pages, plus a pull out chart of Japanese commemorative coins. soft cover.  Highly recommended for collectors of Japanese coins or paper money.
Item BK-JNDA14  2014 JNDA THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES. $29.75




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