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JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY


NEWOLD 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 portraid 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 11 MOMMEE SILVER  HANSATSU NOTE, AMAGASAKI-HAN 1777 Fine $9.75
Item PM-JP-HAN-BTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE HANSATSU NOTES, 1 & 10 MOMMEE SILVER, AMAGASAKI-HAN 1777 Fine $52.50


COPPER 1 MON COIN OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN  Restocked

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 $4.00


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

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 Price Reduced

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


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


ATTRACTIVE OLD UNCIRCULATED JAPANESE 1 YEN NOTE

JAPAN 1 YEN NOTE (1916)This attractive Japanese 1 Yen banknote was introduced in 1916 in order to replace the silver 1 Yen coin which was last minted in 1914.  It continued to be issued into the 1930’s.   The front is written in Japanese and depicts Takeuchi no Sukune, a famous legendary figure from whom 28 Japanese clans are descended.  The back depicts a silver 1 Yen coin and has the legend "Nippon Ginko Promises to Pay the Bearer on Demand One Yen in Silver".  The note measures about 147mm x 86mm (5.8” x 3.4”). The Orange and black notes are in original Uncirculated condition.
Item PM-JP-1Y JAPAN 1 YEN NOTE (1916) P30c UNC. $15.00

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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 JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE (1930-43) P40a VG-VF $3.00

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SCARCE WWII CLAY COINS FROM JAPAN

Japan brown baked clay 1 Sen KM110This scarce brown clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days in central Japan at the end of World War II. The undated coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and a flower on the other. The unusual coin was pressed into service due to the shortage of metal caused by the war. The 15mm coin is rarely offered and is unknown to many collectors
Item JP-110  JAPAN CLAY 1 SEN  (1945) KM110 UNC. $35.00


NEW ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY FOR OCCUPIED JAPAN

10 Sen Allied Military Currency for Japan P63 1 Yen Allied Military Currency for Japan P65Back of 10 Sen, 50 Sen and 1 Yen Military Currency for Japan
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The "B" Military Currency notes were used by United States occupation forces in Japan from September 1945 until July 1948.  The notes continued to be used on Okinawa until 1958.  The 10 Sen, and 1 Yen notes are both the same size (77 x 66mm) and are all printed with the same background design featuring blue and black scrollwork on the front. The  notes have the same back which features brown scrollworks and leaves.
Item PM-JP-AMC-10S JAPAN 10 SEN U.S. MILITARY CURRENCY P63 XF-AU $4.00
Item PM-JP-AMC-1Y JAPAN 1 YEN U.S.  MILITARY CURRENCY P67a F-VF $3.00



OFFICIAL JAPANESE MINT SETS 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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