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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


OLD JAPANESE DRAGON COPPERS Restocked

Japan - Meiji 1 & 2 Sen KM17 & KM18As part of the Meiji restoration, Japan opened up their economy and totally reformed their coinage.   Among the first new coins introduced were these bronze 1 & 2 Sen.  Both coins have similar designs. One side depicts the Meiji dragon clutching the "pearl of wisdom" and has the denomination in English.  The other side has the denomination in Japanese within a wreath paulownia and chrysanthemum leaves.  At the top is a stylized chrysanthemum blossom, which is the Imperial Seal of Japan. The 1 Sen was issued from 1873 until 1888, is 27.3mm in diameter and grades Fine to Very Fine.  The 2 Sen was issued from 1873 to 1884, is 31.8mm in diameter and grades Very Fine or better.
Item JP-SET2 JAPAN 1 & 2 SEN KM17 & KM18 F-VF $5.00

WORLD WAR II ERA JAPANESE NOTE FEATURES MT. FUJI  Restocked

Japan 50 Sen note, 1938 P58 This 50 Sen (1/2 Yen) note was issued by the Imperial Japanese Government in 1938 in order to replace the silver 50 Sen coin which was being withdrawn from circulation.  The front depicts Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.  The back has the denomination in Japanese and Western numerials.  The note is dated in two different calendar system on the front:  Year 13 of the Showa Era is on the left and on the right is 2598 in the Japanese Imperial Calendar, which starts with the founding of Japan.  The dates correspond to 1938AD   The note was used in Japan throughout World War II.  The note is approximately 106mm x 67mm. 
Item PM-JP-50S-38 JAPAN 50 SEN BANKNOTE 1938 P58 F $3.00

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WORLD WAR II BANKNOTE FEATURES SHRINE FOR DEAD SOLDIERS Restocked

Japan 50 Sen banknotes 1942-1944 P49
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This 50 Sen (1/2 Yen) note was issued by Japan from 1942 to 1945.  The front pictures the Yasukuni Shrine. The shrine, dedicated to spirits of dead Japanese soldiers, took on great symbolic importance during and after World War II.  The back of the note pictures a mountain range.  The note is approximately 104mm x 64mm and grades Fine of better.
Item PM-JP-50S-42 JAPAN 50 SEN NOTE 1942-1945 P59 Fine $3.00


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 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.
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
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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


SCARCE WWII CLAY COINS FROM JAPAN

Japan brown baked clay 1 Sen KM110This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan.  The undated coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and a flower on the other. This unusual coin was pressed into service due to the shortage of metal in Japan caused by World War II. The 15mm coin is made from red or-brown clay.  It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110-RED JAPAN RED CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $33.00
Item JP-110-BROWN JAPAN BROWN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $30.00



POST-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


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

2017 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.   310 pages, plus a pull out chart of Japanese commemorative coins.  Highly recommended for collectors of Japanese coins or paper money.  Soft Cover.  We also have a few copies left of the 2016 edition at a reduced price.
Item BOOK-JNDA17 2017 JNDA THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES $29.75
Item BOOK-JNDA16 2016 JNDA THE CATALOG OF JAPANESE COINS AND BANKNOTES $15.00




JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF MANCHUKUO Restocked

Manchukuo 1 Fen of Ta T'ung 1933-34Manchukuo 1 Chaio Ta T'ung 1933-34
In 1931 Japan invaded the three north-eastern provinces of China and set up the nominally independent nation of Manchukuo. A puppet government was set up under P’u-Yi, the former Emperor of China, as “Chief Executive”. He adopted the reign title Ta T’ung. In 1934 the Japanese raised his title to that of Emperor of Manchukuo. A new reign title, K’ang Te, was adopted, though the basic design of the coins remained unchanged. We offer coins issued under both reign titles. The bronze 1 Fen features the flag of Manchukuo on one side and floral sprays on the other. The copper-nickel 1 Chiao (10 Fen) depicts a pair of dragons on one side and a lotus flower on the other. The 1 Fen grades VF, the 1 Chiao grades Fine.
Item MAN-TT-SET2 MANCHUKUO 1 FEN & 1 CHIAO TA T’UNG 1933-34 Y2 & Y4 F-VF out
Item MAN-KT-SET2 MANCHUKUO 1 FEN & 1 CHIAO K'ANG TE 1934-39 Y6 & Y8 F-VF $9.75



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  Restocked

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 $3.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.50



MENG CHIANG JAPANESE PUPPET BANK   Restocked

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


WORLD WAR II JAPANESE INVASION MONEY

Burma 10 Rupee Japanese Invasion Note
As the Japanese Empire spread out in the early days of World War II, the Japanese government issued special currency for the various nations and colonies they conquered. We are offering this collection of 8 different notes issued by the Imperial Japanese Government for the Philippines, Malaya (now Malaysia), and Burma (now Myanmar). The notes were issued in the currency and official language that was in use at the time of the invasion. Thus notes issued for the Philippines were denominated in Pesos and Centavos and were in English (as it was a United States commonwealth), the Malay notes were denominated in Dollars and Cents and were in English, (as it was a British Colony), and the Burmese notes were denominated in Rupees and Cents and were in English (as it was a British Colony). The first letter in the block of letters on the front of the note indicates where the note was to be used: B = Burma, M = Malaya, P = Philippines, The notes serve as a reminder for the failed exploits of the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces during World War II.
Item PM-JIM8 8 DIFFERENT WORLD WAR II JAPANESE INVASION NOTES, Very Fine - UNC. $9.95

JAPANESE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES?

Malaya 10 Dollars Japanese Invasion Money
When these 10 Dollar notes issued by The Japanese Government started showing up shortly after World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan had planned to conquer the United States, and had their new currency for the United States already printed.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, they were for use in Malay, which Japan conquered by early 1942, not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya called their currency the Dollar.  However the design is much more suited to Malaya than the United States.  The front features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts. The back pictures palm trees and a ship steaming on the horizon. Each note has two sets of block letters, starting with the letter “M", which stood for Malaya.  As an anti-counterfeiting measure tiny colored silk threads were embedded into the paper.  These unissued, Crisp Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes were abandoned by the Japanese forces in Malaya after Japan’s surrender in 1945.  They sat in storage for many years since then.   Today they are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II.   This note is included in the set of World War II Japanese Invasion Money listed above.
Item PM-MALAYA10  MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c UNC.  $3.00




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